Posted on Monday, December 12th, 2011 at 10:39 pm.
The Austin Business accounting experts of Austin Accountants would like to announce that beginning in January of 2016, the City of Austin is hoping to no longer carry single-use plastic or paper bags.
Until that ban goes into effect the City of Austin is trying to pass another bill that would make consumers pay 25 cents per plastic bag starting in 2013. City officials believe that the three-year span between 2013 and 2016 would give retailers enough time to prepare for the full ban. If this ban passes, it would make the city of Austin one of the only in the country to ban both plastic and paper bags in stores.
Retailers in Austin would have to start offering reusable bags at check out. There are certain items that would be exempt from the ban including carry out bags, newspaper delivery bags and bulk food bags. The draft of the ban will be discussed at the next City Hall meeting.
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