Copperas Cove, Texas Researching Plastic Bag Ban
Posted by Ted Duboise
Copperas Cove, Texas, Sept. 30, 2012 (PBBR) – The City of Copperas Cove, Texas is doing research into implementing a plastic bag ban. If passed, the small central Texas city of just over 30,000 citizens, would join other Texas municipalities with plastic bag regulations.
Austin, TX passed a ban on paper and plastic bags on March 1st of this year and is set to take effect March 1st, 2013. A trifecta of towns close to the Mexican border in south Texas, Brownsville, South Padre Island, and most recently, Laguna Vista have all passed ordinances regulating plastic bags.
Sylvia Rhoads, Executive Director of Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful (KCCB), had placed an item under “New Business” on the Agenda of the Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful (KCCB) Commission at the regular meeting on Aug. 6, 2012. The item was “Consideration and action on supporting a plastic bag resolution.”
I contacted Ms. Rhoads on Sept. 25th to learn more about the plans to regulate plastic bags. Ms. Rhoads replied, “At this time, we are only researching and not ready to comment until our research is complete.”
However, three days later, on Sept. 28th, Ms. Rhoads and other city officials did comment to the press about the city considering a plastic bag regulation. To learn more about the City of Copperas Cove’s plans and reason to ban plastic bags, read: Central Texas city considering banning plastic bags.
According to the City’s 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Ft. Hood Army Base is the largest employer in Copperas Cove with over 61,000 military personnel and civilian employees.
Cover photo: View of Copperas Cove downtown: Avenue D between Main Street and 1st Street. Author: Viceroy Bob. Released into Public Domain by author.