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Trash your plastic bags— before the law makes you

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If you send customers out the door with merchandise in plastic bags, start planning for some eco-friendly replacements for those soon-to-be relics.
Why? After years of debate, a handful of cities and states are now banning the plastic bags outright or imposing surcharges on them in efforts to force businesses and consumers to move to biodegradable bags and shipping materials instead. San Francisco is the latest. New York is likely to follow suit. And Alaska is mulling a 15-cents-per-bag tax. Many others are likely to fall in line.
How do you wean your business and your customers off plastic? Use fewer bags by training clerks to pack more items into each sack, and educate customers by setting up simple plastic-bag recycling bins in your locations. Next, follow the lead of some retailers that aren’t waiting for the government to act. Retailer IKEA, for example, is charging customers a nickel a bag. And some grocery stores have begun selling (and encouraging use of) cheap and reusable canvas bags.

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