REGION — Back in June of 2019 the Maine State Legislature passed a law banning the use of single-use plastic carry-out bags. The law was set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2021. Then the pandemic hit and most retailers banned reusable bags for months; then consumers who wanted to use them were told they would have to pack their own merchandise.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection delayed enforcing the ban, which includes polystyrene foam food containers, until July 1, 2021. That reprieve gave Republican lawmakers time to introduce bills that would repeal the law, but those efforts went