DALLAS – After more than a year of discussion, the Dallas City Council will vote on a partial plastic bag ban that would force grocery stores and convenience stores to charge customers for single-use carryout plastic bags.
Councilman Dwaine Caraway told WFAA-TV’s "Inside Texas Politics" on Sunday that he has the votes to pass the ordinance.
If approved, the law will ban single-use carryout bags at all city facilities, events or properties. In addition, it requires stores and businesses to charge customers an environmental fee of 10 cents per bag or $1.00 per transaction.
Caraway and supporters hope the ordinance is a first step in tackling litter and making Dallas a green city.
But, the Texas Retailers Association opposes the bag ban and said it will impact sales at grocery stores and other businesses in the city. Other opponents also say it’s not inclusive enough to reduce litter in the city since it doesn’t also ban paper and aluminum products.
If passed, the bag ban would go into effect in January 2015.