January 1, 2018 marked the 1 year anniversary of the Eagle Pass Plastic Bag Ordinance which has been of some inconvenience to many of us at some time or another including consumers and store owners within city limits.
For others, it has been of great help with fostering a cleaner community especially in areas where you could see a blanket of bags literally carpeting the grounds and hanging like ornaments off trees as well.
Although differences of opinions stand on the ordinance that banned plastic bags from being used within the city limits it will more than likely remain in place for some time to come.
Currently a plastic bag ordinance from Laredo, Texas is being heard at the Texas Supreme Court level. The Laredo Ban issue falls under a few words from the State Health Code specifically section 361.0961, which states local governments may not “prohibit or restrict, for solid waste management purposes, the sale or use of a container or package in a manner not authorized by state law.
The Eagle Pass Ordinance was structured differently and cites the reasoning behind the ban as per environmental impact issues. This more than likely will be the difference in our ordinance withstanding the hands of time.
Mayor Ramsey E. Cantu was asked about the ordinance anniversary and he stated.” It’s working! Legislations and arbitrators continue to higher courts however, our city is much cleaner without them. There were certain factors that were considered when the council voted to approve this ordinance and I believe it has served its purpose. Yes, there has been challenges as even I forget at times to take bags to a store. But there is a greater goal here and to prepare our city for the next step in home recycling. People can be critical but my job as Mayor is to assure that our city is moving in the right direction. Cultures and habits change a day at a time, it can’t happen overnight but we can start with one small step to further enhance our city and our quality of life. That’s my goal and the goal of the city council.