By Tristan Baurick
Posted December 22, 2011 at 4:24 p.m.
Bainbridge Mayor Kirsten Hytopoulos is crafting a proposed bag prohibition patterned after the one the Seattle City Council unanimously approved on Monday. She will formally propose the measure early next month.
If approved, Bainbridge would become the fifth city in Washington to ban thin-film plastic bags, after Seattle, Bellingham, Edmonds and Mukilteo.
"This is a little thing we can do that will have a huge impact," Hytopoulos said.
Hytopoulos said the plastic bags commonly used at grocery stores are wasteful and harmful to the environment.
About 12 percent of the plastic bags used last year went to a recycling center, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The rest ended up in landfills, waterways and elsewhere...