Thurs. 8:30 p.m.: Councilman abandons fight to ban plastic bags

WARREN – Councilman Eugene Mach has abandoned his effort to ban the use of plastic bags in the city.

Mach, D-7th Ward, announced Wednesday he is ending discussions in council to support the ban.

“When I spoke to community members, business people and my fellow council members, I found there is a lot of support,” Mach said. “Unfortunately, it does not have widespread support. There is a segment that is not ready for this kind of change and I do not believe it would have passed council.”

Although he had not formerly introduced legislation, Mach held several meetings of the council’s strategic planning committee to discuss the city not allowing, or at least limiting, stores’ ability to use single-use plastic bags.

Mach initially said the discussions were being held to reduce the amount of plastic going into the waste stream, as well as working to make Warren a more environmentally progressive community.

Read more in Friday’s Tribune Chronicle.