Ban the bag

Want to trash or keep plastic bags in Austin? Air your thoughts at the city’s open forum

Want to trash or keep plastic bags in Austin? Air your thoughts at the city’s open forum

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Plans for banning single-use plastic bags in Austin have been on the drawing board for years now, and in the past few months the Austin City Council has released more concrete outlines for enacting the initiative.

Now, the city will be holding an open public forum on Jan. 30th at 6 p.m. at Austin City Hall in the Council Chambers. The purpose of the assembly is to allow for city staff and key stakeholders in the bag ban to make presentations regarding strategies towards making the ban a reality.

Members of the public will also have the chance to discuss plans for the ban and voice their own opinions on the matter. Refreshments will be provided as well as validated parking in the City Hall Parking Garage for those who attend the meeting. Those who are unable to physically attend can still follow the meeting via webcast.

Within recent weeks, the City Council altered its original outline for phasing Austin into being a “bag-less” city. An outright ban was planned for 2016, but has been moved up to possibly 2013, while a 25 cent surcharge was reduced to 10 cents after concerns that the fee would be too much of a burden for Austin’s low-income consumers.

Stayed tuned with CultureMap to learn more about the public reaction to Austin’s bold environmental plan.