The Boston City Council today kicked the issue of banning plastic bags at local stores into the next year.
Part of the proposal by City Councilor Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain) was to couple a ban on flimsy plastic bags with a 5-cent fee for replacement reusable plastic or paper bags.
But while he said evidence from other cities and towns shows that such measures work to clean up streets and cut trash-disposal fees and that "we have waited long enough" to do something about the bags, O'Malley agreed to shelve any action until 2017.
Councilor Ayanna Pressley (at large), meanwhile, said residents of minority neighborhoods should take the time to get involved in the issue because their neighborhoods are disproportionately affected by plastic bags, empty food boxes and nip bottles. "I implore all of you to please participate," she said.