Silver City, New Mexico, July 8, 2014 (PBBR) - The Silver City, New Mexico Town Council approved an ordinance banning single-use plastic carryout bags at the regular Town Council meeting tonight.
The ordinance was introduced by Councilor Cynthia Ann Bettison just six weeks ago on May 27. A public hearing was held before the vote with most all speakers in favor of the ban. The ordinance was approved by unanimous vote.
The new law will be effective at all retailers, not just grocery stores. Restaurants will be exempt from the ordinance.
The ordinance will ban single-use plastic carryout bags that are less than 2.25 mils in thickness. Set to take effect in six months, Council plans several education and awareness initiatives during that time so citizens and businesses will fully understand the ordinance.
Mayor Michael S. Morones stated, "During the next six months, there will be ample opportunity for all stakeholders, consumers and business owners, to come and find out how staff is going to interpret this policy and put it into procedure."
Located in southwestern New Mexico, Silver City is a town of just over 10,000 people. The Town is located about two hours west of Las Cruces, New Mexico, 300 miles southwest of Santa Fe and 200 miles east of Tucson, AZ.
Silver City becomes the second jurisdiction in the state of New Mexico to regulate plastic shopping bags. Santa Fe passed an ordinance prohibiting merchants from supplying plastic bags to customers on August 27, 2013. The ban took effect on February 27, 2014.
PBBR's List of Bag Bans has been updated.
Cover photo: "Silver City New Mexico City Hall" by AllenS - Own work. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons