Austin, Tx to Give Away Reusable Bags

Austin, Tx to Give Away Reusable Bags

Aug. 29, 2012 (PBBR) - Austin Resource Recovery, formerly the Solid Waste Dept. of the City of Austin, Texas, announced on Aug. 24 that it would be giving away free reusable bags to help citizens get ready for the carryout bag ordinance.

The reusable bags are free and will be given out at several local bus stops. Plastic bags can also be brought to the events for recycling.

“We understand that some people might not have reusable bags on hand and others might be confused about how the ordinance will affect their shopping experience,” said Austin Resource Recovery Director Bob Gedert. “We partnered with Capital Metro to distribute reusable bags in high traffic locations and answer any questions residents have about adopting sustainable shopping habits.”

City staff will be available to explain the new requirements for businesses and the bag options that will be available when the new ordinance takes effect in March of next year.

Reusable Bag Give-Away Locations:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Congress Avenue & 10th Street Bus Stop
  • Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. 7th Street & Pleasant Valley Bus Stop (near H-E-B)

Austin Single-Use Carryout Bag Ban
On March 3rd of this year, the Austin City Council passed a double-ban of carryout bags, prohibiting retailers from providing either plastic bags or paper bags at check-out.

For more information about the City of Austin Single-Use Bag Ordinance, visit austintexas.gov/bags.

Cover photo: Austin Skyline Lou Neff Point. Credit: Lone Star Mike. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.