CORDOVA, Alaska - Plastic bags will be banned in Cordova after this month.
The Cordova City Council voted to ban plastic bags and polystyrene foam food containers last year, and the ban takes effect October 1st.
The one-year lag was to give businesses and grocery stores time to adapt to the new law. Violators face a fine of up to one-thousand dollars.
The organization backing the bag ban says, as a fishing hub, Cordova depends on a healthy ocean, so a plastic bag ban would reinforce that message.
The Alaska Dispatch reports that plastic bags are also banned in Bethel and Hooper bay. Similar bans were overturned in Fairbanks and Homer.