City will not consider ban on plastic bags - Tucson News Now

City will not consider ban on plastic bags

The city council decided it is not ready to set goals on how to achieve better use or recycling of plastic bags. The city council decided it is not ready to set goals on how to achieve better use or recycling of plastic bags.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

In a unanimous vote, the Tucson city council decided not to consider a ban on plastic grocery bags.

Council members spent more than an hour of their time in study session going back and forth on how to deal with the bags, which all too often end up as litter.

Long before the city considers an all-out ban, there must first be some metrics – how many are used, what's the tonnage, would it be better to restrict their use, say maybe by half – and then see what kind of environmental effect that has.

The first step is to set goals to meet in order to cut down on use. Once the goals have been established, then the process of meeting those goals begins.

However, the council decided it is not ready to set goals on how to achieve better use or recycling of the bags.

The council reminded the audience that it passed an ordinance in 2009 and that still serves as the metric on what to do with them and any change right now is premature.

One person who attended the meeting said the city took all the teeth out of their proposal and for all intents and purposes, it is dead for the time being.

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