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The San Jose Mercury News reports that the City Council there plans to consider a series of bills that could have an impact on the use of disposable plastic bags. One option is said to be a per-bag fee/tax, while another is a public education plan. However, the paper says that the general feeling seems to be that the former isn’t a good idea in a recessionary period, while the latter would be expensive with limited impact. Therefore, a ban on plastic bags – similar to regulations passed in nearby San Francisco and Los Angeles - is seen as the most likely approach.
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