POSTED: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 9:08am
UPDATED: Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 9:46am
Day one in the books for the big ban on plastic; Wednesday marked the start of what is expected to be a cleaner Brownsville.
City commissioners gave the boot to the bags in 2009, but it wasn't until Wednesday that the ban officially went into effect. The city worked throughout 2010 to figure out how to make a smooth transition from, what often turns into unsightly litter, to these earth friendly reusable shopping bags.
"The ordinance as it is right now doesn't mean it cannot be fine tuned as we learn more about how it's going to impact us." said Brownsville Mayor Pat Ahumada.
But not everyone is on board with the ban.
"The ways it's been rolled out, there's been a lot of misinformation, a lot of confusing information, a lot of outright wrong information, provably wrong information." said Brownsville resident, Todd Aten.
Aten says the study the city based the ordinance off of is not accurate, but city officials say, more or less, “Take a look around, how can we go wrong by eliminating the number of these bags trashing up our city?"
Now that the bags are banned, it's expected that plastic bag litter will be reduced, but what about the bags still lingering around the city?"
The first of many plastic bag clean ups will take place on Monday, January 17th.
"It's up to you now, the community to work collectively with the city government to make this happen. This is our city and if you care about your city, I think you'll support this ordinance." said the mayor.
The city of Brownsville is one of twelve cities across the U.S. to ban plastic bags and the very first in Texas.