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Manitoba Town Bans Disposable Bags, Fines Bag Pushers

By: Bamboo Magazine - Published: Apr 4, 2007 • References: reuters
Leaf Rapids, a Manitoba town north of Winnipeg, will start imposing a $1000 fine on retailers who dole out plastic bags to customers. This move follows on the heels of a 3 cent levy imposed last year, which saw the town of 600 cut its 50,000 bag habit in half.

Ironically, Leaf Rapids is a planned community built to support a copper and zinc mine. Despite its eco-questionable heritage, the town says it takes environmental issues seriously. Indeed.