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In a warehouse above Polar Bear Gifts in downtown Anchorage, there's a room stacked with cardboard boxes holding thousands of bright yellow plastic shopping bags.
Many of the bags were ordered two years ago, said Jay Green, the store's owner. But in March 2019, a new local ban on plastic bags will prevent Green from distributing his stockpile of bags to customers. Green said there's no way he'll run out by then — but he doesn't want to throw out the bags either.
"What am I supposed to do with these things?" Green said, standing in the room recently.