City of Kermit Passes Plastic Bag Ban 7/29/13
CBS 7 News
KERMIT-Some residents say you'll find plastic bags on almost every street in Kermit.
City Manager Pete Kampfer said that the City Council wants to see the town beautified and plastic bags seem to be a large part of the problem.
"When you go through our town and you see blowing liter, you'll see primarily plastic bags and a lot of it gets hung up on fences, trees and in areas that are very difficult to get to," said Kampfer.
Kampfer went on to say that the ban will effect larger retail stores whose sales are $1,000,000 or higher. Meaning smaller mom and pop shops will not have to stop using plastic bags.
Many residents said it's about time the city does something to clean up their town.
"Plastic bags, they just seem to pitch them anywhere, it's hurting our ozone. It's hurting our environment and it looks trashy," said Kermit resident Sami Halterman.
"Paper, it'll melt and go away, plastic don't, it stays forever," said Kermit resident Kerry Jones.
One manager at Lowe's grocery store said he's in favor of the ban,
"On almost every single street I can see plastic bags, doesn't matter if it's these plastic bags or any plastic bags from other stores."
Kampfer said that the only plastic bags allowed will be those used for produce.
Paper bags will sell for $0.10 a bag, but Kampfer and the City Council want residents to start using reusable bags.
Now most merchants and residents that we did speak to today seem to be in favor of this ban, but one merchant who wishes to be unnamed doesn't agree that the ban will help beautify the city, he said it's the people in the community who need to change.
For more details on this Ordinance and other upcoming changes that the City of Kermit has planned, visit their website at http://kermittexas.us/.