Governor creates task force to study reducing plastics use in R.I.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Gov. Gina Raimondo is set to appoint a task force that will come up with ways to reduce the use of disposable plastics in Rhode Island as part of an effort to prevent things like shopping bags, straws and balloons from polluting the state’s shoreline and its waters.

Raimondo signed an executive order on Monday at Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett that creates the “Task Force to Tackle Plastics,” a group that will consider a range of options, from incentives for businesses to cut down on single-use plastics to possible statewide bans on thin-film plastic bags or other products.

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