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.

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