Bernalillo County commissioner proposes single-use plastic ban
May 14, 2019 09:29 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins wants to ban single-use plastic in the unincorporated areas of the county.
“This is just a first step to start thinking about how do we live more sustainably so that we're not generating this huge waste stream,” Hart Stebbins said.
The county commissioner believes it is important for the county to be on the same page as Albuquerque, which will ban plastic bags in 2020.
“We want to be consistent, as consistent as possible, city, county, because most people don't really think about that they're crossing the city boundary into unincorporated Bernalillo County," Hart Stebbins said.
Hart Stebbins’ proposal would go a step further than Albuquerque’s ban. She wants to also ban Styrofoam containers that are used for take-out food.
“We believe that the Styrofoam containers, the single use Styrofoam is a huge source of toxic waste," Hart Stebbins said.
The commissioners voted unanimously to introduce the ordinance Tuesday night. A final vote will take place in June.
The ban would go into effect in January 2020, if it is approved by the full council.
Updated: May 14, 2019 09:29 PM
Created: May 14, 2019 04:16 PM
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