SPI enacts plastic ban ordinance


The South Padre Island City Council unanimously voted in support of a proposed ordinance that prohibits the use of plastic bags at the point of sale in the city.

The action came a day after an ordinance banning plastic bags went into effect January 5 in Brownsville.

The SPI ordinance provides a voluntary ban on plastic check­out bags from February 1 to De­cember 31, 2011, with mandatory compliance starting January 1, 2012.

“We have a duty to protect our natural environment and I believe residents as well as our many visitors expect us to take the steps necessary to do so,” council­woman Alita Bagley said at the Wednesday night meeting.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of the Jan. 10 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press.

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