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Santa Fe Plastic Bag Ban Advances

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Santa Fe, NM, July 5, 2013 (PBBR) – Santa Fe’s proposed plastic bag ban was approved Wednesday by the Santa Fe Public Utilities Committee. The ordinance will now go the the Finance Committee on July 15.

The ordinance, to be known as the Single-Use Bag Ordinance, will prohibit the use of plastic carryout bags by all retail businesses within the Santa Fe city jurisdiction and place a fee on single-use paper bags. The ordinance will also encourage the use of reusable bags by merchants.

The City of Santa Fe’s City Business and Quality of Life Committee (CBQL) and a subcommittee, the Grocery Bag Task Force, spent a year drafting the ordinance.

A local media outlet, the Santa Fe New Mexican has endorsed the Single-Use Bag Ordinance, calling the ban “good for the city“. According to Kiera Hay of the Albuquerque Journal, support from the City Councilors sponsoring the bill bodes well for the ordinance.

Cover photo: East De Vargas Park, Santa Fe, NM. Credit: Ted Duboise. Image and Design Copyright © 2013 Ted Duboise. All Rights Reserved.