Albuquerque may soon see plastic bag, straw ban | KOB 4

Albuquerque may soon see plastic bag, straw ban

Marian Camacho/ Kai Porter
January 08, 2019 06:20 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller is on-board with a proposal that would limit the use of plastic bags and straws and foam containers in the city.


City Councilors Isaac Benton, Cynthia Borrego, Pat Davis, and Diane Gibson introduced a bill on Monday that would prohibit retailers from giving customers single-use plastic bags, plastic straws, and foam containers. 

The bill would, however, require businesses to have single-use plastic straws available upon request in order to accommodate persons with disabilities.

The proposal, deemed the Albuquerque Clean and Green Retail Ordinance, would require a study in the fiscal year 2022 to determine its impact.

“Numerous major American companies including Starbucks, Hyatt, and McDonald’s have already announced plans to end such uses of single-use plastics and we want to support and encourage other businesses to do same,” said City Councilor Cynthia Borrego.

It is not clear when the bill will go up for a full vote in the city council.


Marian Camacho/ Kai Porter

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