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Silver City council curbs plastic bags

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SILVER CITY – New Mexico has another city prohibiting retailers from handing out thin plastic carry-out bags.

The Silver City Town Council’s unanimous approval of a ban Tuesday night follows Santa Fe’s approval of its own ordinance.

The Silver City Sun-News reports that Silver City’s ban applies only to thinner plastic bags of the type intended for single uses.

Supporters said the ban will help reduce litter.

Director Scott Terry of the Silver City Grand County Chamber of Commerce said he didn’t oppose the ordinance but wanted the vote delayed for 30 days to give businesses more time to weigh in.

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