Coalition Wins Plastic Bag Ban!

Sarah Wells Macias addresses the cameras

Sarah Wells Macias addresses the cameras

Pastor Lou Snead addresses the cameras

Pastor Lou Snead addresses the cameras

Participating groups - IEN, CTZWA, AZWA, PODER, Texas Campaign for the Environment

Participating groups - IEN, CTZWA, AZWA, PODER, 
Texas Campaign for the Environment


From the desk of Stacy Guidry (Texas Campaign for the Environment)

Last week the Austin City Council chose to ban plastic checkout bags!

After Austin Zero Waste Alliance and allies from the activist, religious and business communities held a press conference Thursday morning, folks funneled into the Council chambers to register support for the Mayor’s bag ban resolution. Late into the night, we were finally heard as the Council took up our agenda item. They heard from Hilex Poly, a plastic bag maker based in Dallas, who brought workers from their Houston plant to pack the Council chambers. They made arguments that plastic bags are not a problem for the environment because they can be recycled (but we all know 100% are not recycled) and that passing a ban in Austin would shut down their business and put their workers out of a job.

Councilmember Martinez, a co-sponsor of the resolution, fired back stating he was in disagreement with the bag makers and that Austin’s ban wouldn’t harm a global company like Hilex Poly. Councilmember Spelman interjected and asked the company’s Director of Sustainability why they couldn’t be more innovative and move toward making reusable bags, if that’s what the market is dictating. Hilex Poly stated that retooling their facilities would cost too much.

Then, they heard from us!…

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To read the rest of this blog visit: http://ctzwa.org/2011/08/05/azwa-and-allies-win-plastic-bag-ban/



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