Residents inspire proposal of Albuquerque plastic bag ban

City councilors say residents were the driving force behind the proposed ban on plastic bags, straws and Styrofoam takeout containers in Albuquerque. 

“Some of these folks and a whole lot more came down, spent half an hour with us telling us about experiences walking the bosque, walking by their school cleaning up trash and plastic bags. Frankly saying they were finding trash in our city, and what are you doing about it?” City Councilor Pat Davis said. 

Councilors spent the last few weeks crafting a bill that would do something about it. They introduced the bill Monday night. 

It’s estimated that each person uses on average, 300 plastic bags a year. Some of the kids who pushed the bill say it’s time for a change. 

“They hurt animals and are bad for the environment,” a child said. 

The bill would allow retailers to sell reusable bags for 10 cents if customers forget their own.

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