by Diane Tuazon
FORT STOCKTON - Plastic bags are light weight and easy to store but pretty soon taking your groceries home in a plastic bags could cost you a hefty fine.
"Everywhere you look you see plastic bags on some street or stuck in a bush; it's becoming a problem," Fort Stockton Public Works Director, Raul Rodriguez, said.
Fort Stockton City Council members passed a new ordinance outlawing the distribution and use of plastic bags at local stores, instead they're opting for a more environmentally friendly solution.
"We want people to use a new bag. It's more green than the plastic bags and you can get them anywhere. It really does make a difference, we're trying to go green here," Fort Stockton City Official, Bonita Gibson said.
City Officials say going green is the best way to solve the landfill issue in Fort Stockton.
"It's a problem because we're running out of room for trash, and any little thing we can do helps a lot," Raul said.
So far, the feedback has been great from the community.
"A lot of people are liking the idea. We're hoping more people will catch on to it, but we're very confident," Gibson said.
Although the ordinance doesn't go in full effect until March, city officials are already educating stores on the importance of going green.