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Committee decides on plan for reducing shopping bag waste

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Signed, sealed and ready to be delivered; an Eau Claire committee comes up with recommendations to cut down on waste. 

The goal is an 80% reduction in paper and plastic bag use over five years. The plan includes four phases.

The first phase would last no more than a year. Program details would be ironed out, and a new committee would seek grants to pay for the program.

The education phase would be a partnership with retailers. Shoppers could be offered a small credit if they have a reusable bag. If the program fails to work, the committee suggests charging for paper or plastic as a last resort. The committee's recommendations will be presented to the city council later this month. The council will then vote on the plan.

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