BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — The Bowling Green City Council is one step closer to banning single use plastic bags as they got a majority support for the future legislation on Tuesday.
City council voted six to one Tuesday night in support of a plastic bag ban in some version.
Some in the community feel it’s a good idea while others feel differently.
"BG is trying to promote itself as a really progressive community...” Joe DeMare, a Bowling Green resident who brought the idea of a ban to city council in December, said. “That's why we have wind turbines, that's why we have solar panels and banning plastic bags would show that we really are that kind of a community."
"I don't necessarily think banning anything is a good way to go,” Chad Kleman, another Bowling Green resident, said. “I think ultimately it should be left up to whoever, a business."
One of the items still to be discussed and concerns council members is the impact a ban would have on local businesses.
Coyote Beads & Jewelry is located in downtown Bowling Green and the owners support the idea. In fact, they already give customers a discount if they opt for the reusable bag they offer.
"When they know they can save some money currently yes, they are more opt to take the bag,” Gayle Walterbach, owner of Coyote Beads & Jewelry, said. “I did it just to eliminate a lot of the things that keep getting in, going into the garbage can."
The plastic bag ban, if approved, would go into effect Jan. 1 of 2021.
Details of the ban, like how they would enforce it and more are still to be worked out by council. Members admit the issue is time sensitive as they know there a state legislation piece could eliminate their efforts.
While some residents are anxious and want the council to act fast, others wish the leaders would forget the idea.
"You have the federal government that is doing absolutely nothing to protect the environment,” James Cousino, a Bowling Green resident, said. “You have our state government that's been actively trying to stop us from protecting the environment, so I think that this is a time where local governments really need to step up. "
"Get some sense,” Richard Schultz, another resident, said. “Start looking at real problems."
Bowling Green leaders said they want to conclude this conversation and they hope to have an answer to the ban as early as July.