Members of the Maine Statehouse have plastics on the brain.
The House rejected a bill May 30 that would have required shoppers to pay 5 cents for plastic shopping bags. Just days earlier, the House voted unanimously in favor of banning bisphenol A from infant formula cans and baby-food jar lids.
Rep. Paul McGowan, D-York, wrote both pieces of legislation.
In April, the Bangor Daily News reported that Maine's largest recycling company, ecomaine of Portland, grosses about $5 per ton for recycled plastic bags and frequently has trouble finding customers for the material.
The bag tax was rejected 79-63.
The state of Maine banned BPA from children's sippy cups in 2012.