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The Line: Albuquerque City Councilors Approve Plastic Bag Ban

plastic bag ban

April 19, 2019 – The Albuquerque City Council passed—after major amendments—a ban on some plastics. Approved by a 5-to-3 vote, the ban on plastic bags at grocers and retailers will go into effect on January 1, 2020, if Mayor Tim Keller signs off on it. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate whether the new ordinance goes too far—or not far enough.

Line Panelists:
Dede Feldman, former NM State Senator
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney
Edmund E. Perea, attorney

For Further Reading:
Ban would keep 120 million plastic bags out of ABQ landfills, new analysis says – by Jessica Dyer, Albuquerque Journal
Restaurants escape plastic ban; grocery stores and retailers will have to go to paper – KOAT 7

The Line: Albuquerque Considers Banning Plastics

1228 Line ABQ Plastics Ban

January 11, 2019 – Goodbye to plastic straws for your drinks and plastic bags for your groceries? Four Albuquerque City Councilors recently introduced a proposal to ban single-use plastics at restaurants and retail shops.  Santa Fe passed a similar measure over a year ago, although it encouraged retailers not to provide plastic items unless asked and did not ban them outright. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate the pros and cons of a ban on non-reusable plastics in the Duke City.


Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney
Christine Sierra, UNM political science professor emerita