Push for plastic bag ban gaining ground

Councilman Cris Medina files for envi­ronmental policy change


Councilman Cris Medina has filed for an environmental policy change that would make it illegal for retailers to bag their goods with light plastic bags.

Medina says it would save a lot of money for the city. Recycling the bags reportedly costs about $1.3 million a year.

HEB has a recycling program, but it isn’t making a big dent in the city’s cost.

The proposal may make sense financially, but there are still some opposed.

A representative for HEB says it’s going to take a great deal of education for the customer to accept losing their bag tradition. It also becomes a question of sanitation.

“There’s also a health issues where we still have to separate meat in the bags,” said Kimberly Harle, “and we have to use plastic for that.”

The city is still investigating a larger scale recycling program that will work for the light plastic bags. They are looking for a vendor who could handle the job.

The question is whether or not the City Council will approve the ban first.

A web poll is embedded here.

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