IEN Endorses "Ban The Bag" Initiative!

You're Invited to Ban the Bag!

In an effort to live out our common call of environmental stewardship, the Interfaith Environmental Network (IEN) supports a resolution currently being proposed by the Central Texas Zero Waste Alliance (CTZWA) which would authorize the City of Austin to ban the use of single-use plastic and paper bags. Single-use bags, both paper and plastic, represent a huge threat to the environment. This threat is not only related to the sheer volume of bags that end up in landfill, but also to the resources needed to produce, transport and (occasionally) recycle them, and the emissions resulting from these processes. Single-use plastic bags are also well known for their interference in ecosystems and the part they play in flood events, where they clog pipes and drains.

With the adoption of this resolution in the form of a city ordinance, Austin will be joining other cities across the country and the globe that have recognized the severity of this issue. Cities in Texas that have already adopted similar ordinances include Brownsville (effective January 2011), Ft. Stockton (effective September 2011), and Padre Island (effective January 2012).

In an effort to minimize any undue burden this may cause to Austin’s low income residents, IEN further advocates that the City develop a mechanism for directing solid waste disposal cost savings secured by the ordinance to a program providing  reusable bags to this population. IEN further calls on the City of Austin to incorporate this ordinance in the city’s Zero Waste Master Plan.

IEN’s endorsement statement, 

“Interfaith Environmental Network of Austin (IEN) supports the passage of a city ordinance requiring the ban of single-use bags.  IEN further calls on the City of Austin to incorporate this ordinance in the city’s Zero Waste Master Plan, and to develop a mechanism for directing solid waste disposal cost savings secured by the ordinance to a program to make reusable bags available to low-income Austin residents.”

On August 18 at 9:30am the IEN Steering Committee welcomes you to join us at a press conference at City Hall where this resolution will be announced. Learn more about other events related to this initiative here. To provide feedback to the IEN Steering Committee, or ask any questions, please use the email form provided here on our website. 

See an article about Mayor Leffingwell’s complementary goals here


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