Plastics bag ordinance causes debate

By: Daniela Fierro Email
By: Daniela Fierro Email

LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) -- There's been a lot of debate over the new plastic bag ordinance in Laredo.

The city council voted in the ordinance last year, and now they want to make some changes before it goes into affect.

The plastic bag ordinance will not go into affect until 2015 but Javier Dominguez has already cut bag on using plastic bags.

Clean is the goal of the plastic bag ordinance.

City council originally passed the ordinance banning all grocery store bags.

And now, they want to change that.

Instead the city wants to charge customers one dollar per transaction if they chose to use plastic bags.

But will charging customers deter enough people to help out the environment?

Councilman Roque Vela says he thinks it will.

Of the one dollar transaction fee, the store will keep five cents.

The remanding 95 cents will go towards city environmental projects.

Other changes the council wants to make is reducing the thickness of bags.

Grocery stores will not be obligated to substitute bags for plastic.

They will also push back the start date of the ordinance.

Tricia Cortez is the Executive Director of the Rio Grande International Study Center and she says some of the changes the city wants to make would not help the environment.

Cortez hopes to work with them to make the best ordinance for the city.

The city and Rio Grande International Study Center says they plan to give out thousands of reusable bags before the ordinance goes into effect.

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