Has the United States been able to reduce the amount of plastic bags they are using?

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    Some cities in the U.S. have taken it upon themselves to restrict or completely ban the free giveaway of plastic bags. The ban is usually enforced through the implementation of a tax–in several cities, shoppers must pay a state tax, often 5 to 10 cents, for every plastic bag they choose to take from the store. San Francisco became the first U.S. city to ban the free giveaway of plastic bags in 2007. Cities that have followed suit since then include San Jose, Portland, and Washington, D.C.

    The true efficiency of the bans in terms of reducing plastic bag use has yet to be determined, but it is safe to assume that their enactment indicates a step in the right direction toward reducing the use of plastic bags.

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