Making Waves in Brownsville, TX

Making Waves in Brownsville, TX
Brownsville, TX
City of Brownsville. Fair Use.

On the Gulf Coast, Rose Timmer and her non-profit, Healthy Communities of Brownsville, spearheaded a grassroots effort to get a plastic bag ban passed in Brownsville, Texas. Brownsville is a border town with Mexico.

Timmer and her volunteers worked two years on the process. After a year, in September, 2009, they formed an environmental advisory committee and started meeting weekly. The group held litter clean-ups then counted the number of plastic bags collected to prove the bags were the city’s main source of litter. They conducted surveys and worked with city attorneys to draft an ordinance.(4)

On January 6, 2010, the City Commission of Brownsville passed an ordinance banning single use plastic bags by retailers. Brownsville’s ordinance also became a model for other cities in Texas such as South Padre Island and Laguna Vista.

Rose Timmer made waves in her hometown. Will you?