City to Bring Plastic Bag Ordinance Back to the Table

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The proposed plastic bag ordinance that had been taken off of the table by Mayor Nelda Martinez is supposed to be served up once again in coming weeks.

City staff said it should present its finalized recommendations to Council within three weeks. Part of that plan now includes charging 10 cents for anyone using a plastic bag to sack up their groceries; or, if the store chooses, the customer could be out one dollar per transaction.

Customers at Pittman's Convenience Store on McArdle were still split on the fee idea.

"I think it's a good idea. I haven't changed my ways, but obviously I will," customer Sefe Garcia said. "But I think it's the right thing."

"Right now, I still use the bags there or carry out, depending on if I have a lot or a little bit," said Marina Gonzalez. "I don't like paying for something I shouldn't be paying for."

The ordinance does not cover the use of paper sacks. The store manager at Pittman's said they would be happy to use paper instead of plastic, and plan on doing just that.


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