Students, Policymakers Look for Bag Ban in Santa Fe

A story in the Santa Fe New Mexican today tells the story of fifth grader Sofia Ortiz who, along with a group of twenty students, proposed to the city council to ban plastic bags in Santa Fe. Ortiz, founder of the Go Green Club at her elementary school, heard that the bag ban was being take to a vote and decided to speak up. According to writer Julie Ann Grimm:

It turns out that Ortiz and the 20 students who have already signed up to help her are thinking the same thing as some local policymakers. Staff in the Economic Development Division and members of the city Business and Quality of Life Committee are working on a draft proposal for a way to limit plastic-bag use at retail stores in the city. The topic is slated for discussion at the committee’s 11 a.m. meeting Tuesday at City Hall.

While many groups exist who oppose the bag ban, some backed by organizations such as the American Chemistry Council, local lawmakers are interested in learning more about the possibility of introducing a ban. To learn more about the dialogue currently underway in Santa Fe, New Mexico, please see the full article on the Santa Fe New Mexican here.

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