Austin proposes to ban paper, plastic bags in city
The city of Austin has drafted a proposal that would ban the use of most plastic and paper bags in the city.
According to the bill, by 2013, retailers can begin to charge 25 cents for plastic bags and by 2016, bags will be completely removed from most all retailers.
There are a few exceptions to this ban and those include, carry out food bags, wine and beer bags, bags for meat and fish, pharmaceutical bags and bags for bulk food. The bill states that retailers must offer reusable fabric bags. The draft may be voted on by City Council next month.