Newport could become the second municipality to ban plastic shopping bags in the Ocean State. An ordinance is working its way through the city council.
Newport Councilman John Florez introduced the measure Wednesday, which would phase out the use of plastic bags at grocery stores and other shops in the city.
According to a recent study, plastic bags remain one of the most commonly-found items during beach cleanups. In the ocean, plastic bags break up into micro particles polluting the waters. Newport has already banned another commonly found piece of trash: cigarettes, from public beaches.
If the bag measure passes, Newport will become the second Rhode Island municipality to enact such a ban. Barrington banned plastic bags in 2012.