It was a win for environmental advocates this Earth Day as Mayor Tim Keller signed an ordinance limiting the use of plastic bags in Albuquerque.
There’s an exception for restaurants and dry cleaners, but grocery stores, retailers and other businesses will no longer be allowed to offer single-use bags.
The ban does not include plastic straws and to-go containers after city councilors made last minute changes in response to concerns about the cost to local businesses.
However, city leaders say it’s still an important move toward better sustainability, with more changes to come.
Businesses can still give out reusable bags and those that meet certain biodegradability standards. The ordinance goes into effect on January 1, 2020.