Sunday, May 19, 2013
Plastic Bag Ban: To be discussed at city council Monday night.
Councilman Alex Perez has posted a request that the Citizens Environmental Committee prepare an ordinance to ban, or limit, plastic bags. My guess is they will try to emulate the Austin or Brownsville plastic bag ban ordinances in place.
You will hear of a survey conducted by, either TAMIU, or the Rio Grande International Study Center (RGISC). I am not sure who the actual author of the study is as press releases state that TAMIU assisted the RGISC in the study, but the city council item for Councilman Perez states the study was done by Dr. Manganaro at TAMIU.
It will be interesting to see if anyone on the city council ask to see the details of the study, the questions asked and to whom they were asked.
I wonder if the questions even mentioned the fact that people would have to pay for re-usable bags on their own if a ban is put in place. Or that they might have to pay a plastic bag tax if they use plastic bags.
As far as a ban on plastic bags, For me, I say no, as the bag ban will not fix Laredo's littering problem, nor will it save the vast amounts of money that I am sure certain folks at the podium will suggest that it does. If you really look at the amount of trash along our highways and roads, you will see that most of the trash is not single use plastic bags. In fact, single use plastic bags are a very small percentage of our litter.
However, as I said, I am sure there will be those promising great savings to the city. I wonder if they are willing to back up those savings claims by asking for a reduction in the city budgets where the savings will occur? That is the true way to determine if the savings claims are smoke, or the real deal.
As a side note, what will make our ban different than Austin/Brownsville is that our residents will not have cities close by that are not participating in a bag ban. We will be stuck with having to participate while the people of Austin and Brownsville can just go to a neighboring city to shop.
What say you.
Posted by Tom Wade at 7:25 AM