Sweeping single-use plastic ban proposed in Albuquerque, New Mexico

  • Albuquerque City Council members have proposed legislation to ban a number of single-use plastics at retail establishments by January 1, 2020. If passed, the “Albuquerque Clean & Green Retail Ordinance” would prohibit the distribution of non-recyclable plastic bags, polystyrene containers and straws.
  • Plastic straws would only be available by request to accommodate customers with disabilities, and paper bags only provided at the point of sale if they are deemed recyclable by the city. Retailers also would be allowed to charge customers up to 10 cents for each bag or container.

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