Austin Bags The Bags

City to decide penalties next

Thursday, Apr 12, 2012  |  Updated 4:07 PM CDT
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Austin Bags The Bags

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The Austin City Council has passed one of the broadest bag bans in the country, but still must determine penalties for refusing to comply with the law. 

The Austin American-Statesman reports that the law, which goes into effect March 2013, will prohibit retailers from offering single-use paper and plastic bags at all retail checkout counters.

Penalties will be worked out later. A spokeswoman for the city's trash and recycling department said only retailers, not customers, will face penalties.
   

Austin is the first big Texas city to pass a bag ban. More than two dozen U.S. cities have bag laws, most of them prohibiting plastic bags and imposing a fee on paper. 
   

The city plans to do a $2 million campaign to remind shoppers to bring reusable bags.

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