Hanover students to testify on plastic bag bill

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Some New Hampshire high school students are scheduled to testify at a state Senate committee hearing today on a resolution to reduce plastic and paper shopping bags and encourage reusable bags.

The group is presenting a plan outlining how the state can help make major headway to reduce environmental problems caused by millions of shopping bags thrown away each year. Unlike bag bans or taxes, the resolution calls for education and market incentives to encourage reusable bags.

The group, called "Kids for a Cooler Planet,” successfully introduced widespread use of reusable bags in their hometown of Hanover and are now moving their project statewide. They recently met with corporate representatives from grocery stores to work on a plan that would involve kids across New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine to promote reusable bags.

The resolution passed the House in February.

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