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Sheilagh O'Leary pushes for city to support plastic bag ban

O'Leary toured the landfill in St. John's on Tuesday, and told Here and Now's Jonathan Crowe the plastic bags on site are hard to ignore.

Councillor readying motion in St. John's council to support bag ban

St John's city councillor Sheilagh O'Leary says the time has come to ban plastic shopping bags. 2:47

A ban on plastic bags in the City of St. John's would be a "perfect step forward" to care for the environment, according to Councillor Sheilagh O'Leary.

O'Leary toured the landfill in St. John's on Tuesday, and told Here and Now's Jonathan Crowe she couldn't ignore the plastic bags on site.

"It is quite substantial when we were on our way in ... all I could see were those single-use plastic bags," she said.

"That's the thing that my eye went to immediately."

O'Leary said plastic bags pollute the environment, marine life and even work their way into human diets.

Watch her visit in the video player above.

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