No More Plastic Bags in Fort Stockton

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

FORT STOCKTON - Paper or plastic? Starting March 1st, Fort Stockton residents won't have a choice. That's when a new city ordinance banning plastic bags goes into effect.

They're joining the list of towns in Texas doing away with plastic bags.

Members of Keep Historic Fort Stockton Beautiful pushed for the ordinance to do just that, keeping the city beautiful.

"Oh I think it's great," one resident said. "I'm tired of looking at all this trash up and down the fences. People just throw them out."

And the ordinance is getting good feedback from others.

"Those plastic bags, they're a nuisance, they're all over, so I'm 100% for reusable's," Resident, Valentin Barrera, said.

But although the city may be going green, some local grocery store owners worry they'll be spending more green from their wallets.

"I think it's going to be expensive," Judith Ramirez, with Fidel's Grocery, said.

"We buy 20 boxes of plastic per month," she said. "With paper I think it's going to be like eight times more expensive."

But most agree, every little bit to clean up the environment is a step in the right direction.