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San Antonio plastic bag ban moves forward

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 8:18am

San Antonio, TX (KSAT) -- The city is taking another look at a possible ban on single-use plastic grocery bags.

The issue was brought up during a Governance Council Committee on Tuesday.

"They (the bags) don't break down," said Tenna Florian, chair of the Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee. "They last forever. So, you just see then all over the place. You see them up in the trees. It has a huge impact on the environment."

Those pushing for the ban say the single-use plastic bags not only litter the community, but they also have a negative impact on wildlife.

However, others believe banning the bags would be a hardship for many San Antonio residents.

On Wednesday, the Governance Council Committee approved a recommendation to hear more about the possible ban in an upcoming session later next month.

Committee members also requested more information on how other cities have handled similar bans.

"Socioeconomic impacts and environmental impacts, tourism impacts are some of the things they wanted to look at and just consumer impacts in different cities like Brownsville, Dallas and Austin that have already initiated bans," said Florian.

We contacted HEB officials about their take on the ban, but they have yet to return our calls.


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