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.