Plastic Bag Bans in Texas Seem to be on the Rise and Working

Plastic Bag Bans in Texas Seem to be on the Rise and Working

Staff Report
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Austin has bans on plastic bags and one of the state's strictest tree removal ordinances.

Denton became the first in the state to outlaw hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Although Gov. Greg Abbott has said such ordinances show that Texas is "being Californianized," the Austin American-Statesman reports that environment-minded ordinances seem to be working in Austin and on the rise in the Lone Star State.

The newspaper reported Friday that at least a dozen Texas cities have bag bans.

Dallas last month started charging an "environmental fee" of a nickel per single-use paper or plastic bag at groceries, convenience stores and big-box retailers.

H-E-B spokeswoman Leslie Sweet says that less than 1 percent of Austin customers buy emergency bags when checking out.