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Heartland Cities Consider Plastic Bag Bans

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Laredo, TX, July 13, 2013 (PBBR) – We have come to expect cities along coastal areas in California, Oregon, Washington and the East Coast to consider banning retailers from providing plastic bags to customers.

However, there is now more movement in heartland cities to ban plastic bags and promote the use of reusable bags.

Currently considering a plastic bag ban again is Laredo, Texas. And once again, it’s the City of Laredo’s Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee (CEAC) who is recommending that the City Council consider a Plastic Checkout Bag Reduction Ordinance.

In 2008, CEAC worked to get a ban passed by the city, but it didn’t happen. The idea was revived this year. On May 20, 2013, the City Council, per a request by Council Member Alejandro “Alex” Perez, held a discussion about requesting CEAC to research and review a plastic bag ban. Perez asked that consideration be given to a recent plastic bag study conducted by Dr. Manganaro from Texas A&M International University located in Laredo.

Perez’s request comes alive Monday, July 15 at City Council’s regular meeting. Dr. Manganaro will deliver a presentation before City Council on the plastic bag study. Council will also review a presentation on CEAC’s recommendation regarding the Plastic Checkout Bag Reduction Ordinance.

Other cities in Texas have already passed plastic bag bans and reusable bag ordinances. Laredo wants to join them.

Vail, Colorado is also considering banning plastic bags. The city is currently collecting feedback from residents and visitors to the resort town. Surveys are being conducted at local markets and on the city’s website.

The surveys include typical questions about how a person uses and disposes of plastic bags. The survey also queries about the use and maintenance of reusable bags. I’ll have more info about Vail’s plastic bag surveys in an upcoming report.

Read about other cities and towns that have implemented plastic bag regulations in Texas and Colorado.
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Cover photo: Historic District sign, Laredo, TX. Author: Billy Hathorn. Licensed by Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY_SA 3.0)