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Lawmakers propose plastic bag, straw ban for Albuquerque

January 8, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A recent proposal would severely limit the use of plastic bags, straws and foam containers in Albuquerque.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Albuquerque Democratic City Councilors Isaac Benton, Cynthia Borrego, Pat Davis and Diane Gibson on Monday introduced the Albuquerque Clean and Green Retail Ordinance, a bill that would prohibit retailers from providing customers single-use plastic bags or foam containers for their purchases.

It also would prevent businesses from distributing single-use straws unless they are paper or biodegradable, though it requires businesses that give out such straws to also have plastic versions available upon request “to provide accessibility options for persons with disabilities and medical requirements.”

The bill has not yet gone up for a vote. The proposal would require a study in fiscal year 2022 to determine the impact of the legislation.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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