The Future of Plastic Bags in Silver City, NM Under Consideration Tonight
Tonight the Town Council of Silver City will consider whether to ban plastic bags in a council-wide vote. Proposed by the Town Councilor Cynthia Ann Bettison, the ban has led to concerns raised by the Silver City Grant Chamber of Commerce stating that the ban would increase costs for retailers.
However, for local environmentalists, the ban is a good thing and has worked very well across the nation. In fact, Santa Fe adopted a plastic bag ban in 2013 and it went into effect in February of this year. The Santa Fe ordinance has three provisions: plastic bags that are 2.25 mil or thicker are defined as reusable and therefore are allowed to be given out without a fee, plastic produce bags are exempt and may be given, and restaurants and non-profit businesses that serve the needy are exempt from the ordinance.
If the town council passes a ban on plastic bags, Silver City will be the second municipality in New Mexico to do so!