Will Plastic Bags Soon be Banned in Central Texas?
Most are aware of the environmental hazards plastic bags can cause. Renegade shopping equipment has never been a friend of natural habitats, waterways, or wildlife. When not shown to a proper disposal site, billowy plastic bags can fly for miles, earning the title of “second state bird” in areas where they’ve become notorious. Here in Central Texas, city officials of Austin and now San Marcos are taking steps towards banning plastic birds (to be read: bags) so that they can no longer be given away for free by retailers.
The ban is a welcome change for those who are dedicated to waste reduction and sustainability. Plastic bags, despite having a recycle symbol printed on them, are difficult and expensive to recycle by most facilities; a great number them end up in landfills. Needless to say, at in.gredients we’re excited to see them go, and recognize the ban as a step toward the “precycling” ethos we promote: reduce, reuse, then recycle.
For what it’s worth, the ordinance is also favored by local mockingbirds who “don’t want to share their habitat or the limelight with those impostors.”