161st U.S. Jurisdiction to Regulate Plastic Bags
Dallas, Texas, March 26, 2014 (PBBR) - The Dallas City Council voted to regulate plastic bags at the regular Council Meeting today. The Council did not ban plastic bags. Instead, they voted to place a five cents environmental fee on any plastic or paper bag issued by a retailer to a customer.
The ordinance completely bans plastic bags at all city events and city facilities but is in effect for all retailers, not just grocery stores.
Councilman Caraway made a motion to approve a newly revised ordinance which was circulated to Council members earlier in the day. The new proposed ordinance reduced the environmental fee to five cents instead of the original ten cents.
Several other motions were put before the Council, voted upon and failed. Councilman Caraway's motion carried and was passed by a small margin. After a year and a half of discussing the issue, the Dallas City Council finally passed plastic bag regulations.
Dallas is the ninth largest city in the U.S. (1) with a population of around 1.2 million people.
Cover photo: City of Dallas, Texas. Author: Ted Duboise. Copyright © 2014 Ted Duboise. All Rights Reserved.
(1) List of United States Cities by Population. wikipedia.org