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Boston takes aim at thin, flimsy plastic bags

The Boston City Council is mulling an ordinance that would restrict businesses’ use of flimsy plastic bags that harm the environment in favor of thicker, more durable ones.

Could those flimsy plastic bags used at the checkout line be a thing of the past in Boston? Councilor Matt O’Malley hopes so. He is proposing a measure that would restrict them in favor of thicker or reusable totes. O’Malley, who is co-sponsoring the effort with Councilor Michelle Wu, plans to bring the matter before the council at its meeting Wednesday.

Q. What’s the point?

The light, single-use plastic bags often flutter away and clog landfills, litter trees, and dirty abandoned lots, said O’Malley.The proposed measure would require retailers to curb their flimsy bag habit and protect the environment. Similar efforts have taken root in Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline.

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