Sioux City, Iowa, June 6, 2014 (PBBR) - Sioux City, located on the northwestern border of Iowa, also encompasses parts of northeast Nebraska and the southern part of South Dakota. The fourth largest city in Iowa, it's tri-state metropolitan area is home to almost 170,ooo people with 82,000 living within the city itself. (1)
Sioux City has had a litter problem for many years and has sought ways to reduce litter and pollution throughout the city. In 2012, the police set up a litter hotline for citizens to report littering. In 2011, the city spent $84,000 to remove litter from public properties.
Situated at the headwaters of the Missouri River, Sioux City is now contemplating passing an ordinance to regulate the free distribution of single-use plastic bags. It is estimated that the City of Sioux City alone uses an estimated 30 million single-use plastic bags per year.
Despite several businesses offering plastic bag recycling services, it is estimated that less than 5% of plastic bags are actually recycled; the majority of plastic bags end up in the landfill or litter streets and waterways.
To gather input from local citizens, a survey has been posted to the City of Sioux City’s home page at www.sioux-city.org. There are two separate surveys - one for consumers and one for retailers. Paper surveys can be found at customer service in City Hall.
Cover photo: Confluence of the Missouri and Floyd Rivers in Sioux City, Iowa. Author: Robert Etzel. Public Domain. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers