Paper, plastic or reusable in Austin, TX

Posted by — May 13, 2010 12:08 am

“Hey, hey, ho ho plastic bags have got to go!” chanted a local environmental group, Austin Zero Waste Alliance, in Austin on Tuesday May, 11th. Activists were urging City Council members to ban plastic bags at large retail and grocery stores throughout Austin, Texas. Cities, like San Francisco, have successfully implemented similar bans in efforts to help keep our oceans and waterways clean and safe.

It is estimated that the average person in the United States uses 300-500 plastic bags a year. These single-use bags eventually blow their way into our Earth’s precious eco-systems and contribute to the death of thousands of marine animals each year.

In January of 2009 the Austin Zero Waste Alliance was formed to help Austin stay on track with their vision of becoming a zero waste city by 2040. Banning single-use plastic bags is just one hurdle in making this vision a reality.
Earlier efforts of a ban in 2008 and 2009 asked retailers to voluntarily reduce plastic bag use by 50% but most did not meet their goal. Now it is time to take more action.
City Councilwoman, Laura Morrison said a plastic bag ban may help Austin get a step closer to their strategic zero waste plan and that “we also have to think community-wide -what’s the cost of putting all those bags in our landfill?”
For information how to start a reusable bag movement in your city visit TAKE ACTION!

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