Plastic bags and take-out containers officially banned in Gainesville

Published: Jan. 18, 2019 at 4:02 AM EST
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Starting August 1, Gainesville residents will need to keep their plastic bags or a buy reusable one, because plastic bags will no longer be allowed.

Wednesday night, Gainesville City Commission unanimously voted to do away with single-use plastic bags and polystyrene containers. The ordinance bans plastic grocery store bags and styrofoam take-out containers used by restaurants.

There are a few exceptions like bags for dog waste, newspapers, and styrofoam plates for meat products in grocery stores.