City Council member Dwaine Caraway has been pushing for a year to implement a new ordinance that he hopes will regulate the use of plastic bags in Dallas. This morning, by a vote of 8 to 6, the Dallas City Council passed this “environment fee ordinance,” which bans single use carryout bags at all city facilities and events while still allowing retailers to use plastic and paper bags.
If this vote passes through at the state level, customers will be charged an “environment fee” of five cents per bag, of which retailers will only be able to keep 10 percent. If retailers want to continue the use of plastic and paper bags they will have to register with the city in order to keep track of the number of bags sold.
The city says the money raised form the bag fees will go toward helping funding enforcement and education efforts.
To read more about the new policy, it’s supporters, and those who voted against it, click here.