Monday, October 13, 2008 , Updated 8:44 a.m., October 14, 2008
UPDATED: Dallas City Council to consider plastic bag ban
The council's transportation and environment committee will considering recommending such a ban today.
In a first but significant step, the Dallas City Council's transportation and environment committee will consider recommending a ban on single-use plastic bags (i.e. grocery bags). If approved by the council, the ban would call for a three-to-five-year phaseout of the bags, with a program for recycling bags and encouraging purchases of reusable canvas bags being a stopgap solution.
UPDATE: Sending a clear message that they will not be supporting either fees or an actual ban, city council members declared in their Monday (Oct. 13) meeting that they would instead encourage the market to recycle plastic bags and urge residents to purchase reusable bags.
(Because encouraging and urging and appealing to folks' better natures historically works so well amongst the general populace.)