Fort Stockton Plastic Bag Ban Doesn't Solve Litter Problem 1/14/14
CBS 7 News Reporter
January 14, 2014
Fort Stockton - Plastic bags were an eyesore for the city of Fort Stockton, so they banned them last year.
However, that did not solve the problem.
Now the city may have to make some changes to an already controversial ordinance.
Bag after bag; it's the first thing most people see driving into Fort Stockton.
"It's not very appealing," one person passing through town said.
The city banned plastic bags last year, but not all of them.
As long as a bag is labeled "100% recyclable," a store can use it. But it's those types of bags that are littered throughout town.
Now the city is considering putting a ban on them all together.
"I think they should be bio-degradable or something," one resident said.
"Somebody has to light a spark to make sure people are being conservative and recycling. It's not just about short term, but about the long term," Fort Stockton resident Armando Melendez said.
If the litter continues, it'll become an issue the city cannot ignore.
No word on when/if the city will consider making a change to the plastic bag ordinance.