Bowling Green City Council puts off vote to ban plastic bags

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (WTVG) - For many people in Bowling Green plastic bags are a part of the normal shopping routine. Since February city leaders considered banning them and to mixed-reviews.

“I’m not perfect, nobody is, but it’s kind of like little bits do add up and start to make a difference," resident Shannon Orr said.

“It’s a great idea if it makes it better for the environment I guess," added resident Gregory Bowles.

“I don’t think it’s necessary to ban it, but hopefully they don’t," Gail Schoonover said.

On Monday, City Council opted 5-2 to bag its vote on the matter, citing some concern over House Bill 242.

"It did not necessarily make a whole lot of sense for us to proceed this legislation at this point in time," council president Mike Aspacher said.

If put into law, Ohio cities would be barred from banning or taxing plastic bags. Rather than being potentially challenged later on Aspacher says the talks are tabled for now.

"Depending on the outcome of that bill we'll revisit our ordinance and see what council might be interested in doing at that point in time," Aspacher said.

Some residents like Joseph Demare aren't happy with the decision seeing the move as siding with the state.

"What the council did here today was a disservice to the people of Bowling Green," Demare said.

Demare says the city should have taken a chance and voted in favor of barring the bags.

"We could have challenged the state's authority to dictate to the communities things like, 'Oh you can't do a plastic bag ban,'" Demare said.

BG city council has until the middle of next year to rehash its talks about banning plastic bags. Even in its current form the local law wouldn't go into effect until 2021.