Goodbye To Plastic Bags And Straws In Albuquerque?


Story courtesy of KRQE-TV:

The city of Albuquerque could soon be a lot greener.

Multiple city councilors are sponsoring an ordinance that would ban plastic at restaurants and retail shops in the city.

Four councilors decided to come together after the last city council meeting, where students urged the city to make a change on plastic waste.

No more plastic straws, plastic bags or non-reusable to-go containers.

The proposed ordinance that would create two programs: Albuquerque Clean and Green Business and Albuquerque Clean and Green Retail.

The ordinance, which will be introduced at Monday night's council meeting, would ban stores from using plastic bags to instead encourage customers to bring their reusable bags.

If passed as is, Councilor Borrego says it could go into effect as soon as this summer. If it sees a lot of changes, but still passes, it may be next year before that happens.

As part of the proposal, a business that is not in compliance with the ordinance could face misdemeanor charges and fines.

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