FROM STAFF REPORTS
The San Marcos City Council this week may take the first steps toward banning single-use bags.
Supporters of the ban propose the city adopt an ordinance along the lines of the City of Brownsville’s bag law. Brownsville’s ordinance prohibits merchants from giving customers non-reusable bags, with some exceptions. The law requires merchants to charge a $1-per-transaction fee to customers who request plastic or other non-reusable bags.
Revenue from such a fee is proposed to be used for City of San Marcos environmental programs, recycling, and cleanup initiatives.
Exceptions to Brownsville’s law include retail clothing stores, dry cleaners, veterinarians, pharmacies, and plastic bags intended to prevent contamination from any cooked, chilled or frozen food purchased.
Supporters of the ban will offer a presentation at City Hall during the city council meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Information submitted to the council by the Texas State Student Chapter of Environmental Conservation Organization, which supports the ban, can be found in the council’s agenda packet under item 19. After discussing the matter at their Tuesday meeting, council members may direct staff to gather more information or prepare an ordinance.
Those who wish to address the council about this issue may signup for the citizen comment period. Members of the public may signup at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall during regular business hours, or from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. before Tuesday’s meeting.Email | Print