Texas city to impose fee
Trendy California recently rejected a ban on plastic shopping bags, but Brownsville, Texas, is moving ahead with such a ban next year. It recently agreed to allow shoppe prada rs who forget to bring reusable bags to buy plastic ones for an extra dollar.
Beginning January 5, Brownsville will ban plastic bags in convenience stores and supermarkets, reports Action 4 News. prada The stores will collect a $1 surchrage for each transaction involving plastic bags and send the money to the city for clean up and environmental projects.
Follow Green House on Twitter”We want to have a beautiful city,” Com prada missioner Edward Camarillo says in the story. “We want to make sure that we take care of the environment.” He says the city will be giving out recyclable bags and exempting dry cleaners, pharmacies and small hardware stores from the new law.
Has the city gone too far?
Shoppers at the A Lopez Supermarket were mostly in favor of the ban and the $1 surcharge, according to the story. “I think it’s good,” Mirasalba Hernandez said. “I already have my recyclable bags.”
The American Chemistry Council, an industry group that represents plastic bag manufacturers and lobbied fiercely to defe prada at California’s ban, says its survey of 300 Brownsville residents finds only 28% support the ban while 51% want it repealed or postponed. It says the rest were undecided.