Plastic Bag Ban on SPI?

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POSTED: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 10:09am

UPDATED: Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 10:51am

Wednesday at the South Padre Island commissioner meeting the council discussing the possibly of banning plastic bags on South Padre Island by 2012. The city council approved to request an ordinance. Under the ordinance if passed there would be a volunteer ban on plastic bags at checkouts from February until the end of the year. After that it in January 2012 it would become mandatory.

Many are in favor of the ban including Shane Wilson who is the president of board for Sea Turtle Inc.

"When they do blow into the ocean or bay sea turtles think of them as jellyfish and they shallow and eat them they end up dying."

While many were in favor of the ban one city commissioner did address that it could have an impact on small businesses. This is what business owner on the Island told her.

"I don't know how to do it without passing that cost onto my customers, so it puts a burden on the businesses that are already struggling."

The commissioners have to approve two readings before the ban would go in effect.

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I hope in Brownsville that all those who put the ordinace on plastic bags will be gone after the election. If SPI bans plastic bags, I hope the residents will give their commissioners the boot too.

Businesses will be permitted to hand out the most polluting bag possible, The Evil Paper Bag. Forests are cut down for paper bags even when recycled. Paper comes from trees. Rivers are dead from water pollution at paper mills, when they process recycled paper. 7 bags per lb. for paper. 75 bags per lb. for plastic. Interstate truck shipments will increase 10X. Ireland banned bags. Sales are up 400% for plastic bag makers. Customers must buy heavier expensive trash bags now. No more free ones.

Well they should wait and see how the Brownsville community will react during election time and all of the commissioners along with the worthless mayor get voted out of office, just like Gilberto Hinojosa did with Red River.

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