Laguna Vista, Texas Bans Plastic Bags

Laguna Vista, Texas Bans Plastic Bags

Plastic Carry-Out Bags Banned
Laguna Vista, TX, Sept. 20, 2012 - The Town Council of Laguna Vista, Texas adopted Ordinance Number 2012-23 after the second and final reading on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The ordinance bans the use of plastic carry-out bags within the corporate limits of the Town of Laguna Vista.

The first reading of the ordinance was on Aug. 14 and many town citizens spoke in favor of the ordinance. Yolanda Birdwell addressed the Council expressing support for the plastic bag ban. She stated that the community needs to be educated to be proactive.

Madeleine Sandefur
addressed the Council supporting the plastic bag ban ordinance. She stated that the plastic is bad for the environment and this should address the root of the problem.

Walter Birdwell addressed the Council in support of the plastic bag ban ordinance. He stated that cloth or paper bags always worked in the past and should be used. South Padre Island has already banned plastic bags. Plastic bags are not biodegradable. We don’t want tourists to see plastic bags on trees and think that it’s our state or town flag.

Council Member Garcia made a motion to approve the first reading of the ordinance which was seconded by Council Member Keplinger. All members of Council voted yes and motion carried.

Voluntary Ban
The ordinance prohibiting the use of plastic carry-out bags will take effect on January 1, 2013. As part of the ordinance, the Town is urging a voluntary ban immediately and through December 31st.

About Laguna Vista, Texas
Laguna Vista is situated in Cameron County, the southernmost county in Texas. Two other nearby cities that have banned plastic bags, Brownsville, and South Padre Island, are also in Cameron County.

Cover photo: Town of Laguna Vista, Texas sign. Credit: Town of Laguna Vista website.