Deadline on plastic bags in Austin approaching


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and photojournalist DENNIS THOMAS

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Posted on February 5, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 8 at 11:30 PM

AUSTIN – The clock is winding down on the thin, disposable plastic bags we’re used to getting for free at Austin convenience and grocery stores.

Starting March 1, retailers will no longer be offering single-use plastic bags or they could face fines from the City of Austin.

“We have a zero-waste goal as a community and that means reducing the amount of trash or discards that go the landfill by 90 percent by 2040,” said Aiden Cohen with the City of Austin’s Resource Recovery. 

“There are some exemptions and those exceptions are some restaurants and medical uses or to protect materials from getting moisture damage,” added Cohen. 

The City will allow retailers to use one of three different types of bags: either a more durable, thicker reusable plastic bag with handles, a cloth bag or a paper bag. 

The City is leaving it up to individual businesses to decide whether to pass on the charge of the new bags to customers. 

The City will host two free training sessions Thursday for retailers on the plastic bag changes.

Click here for more information on the training and to find answers to other questions.



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