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Dallas City Council Approves Partial Plastic Bag Ban And 5-Cent Retailer Fee

Want to use a plastic carryout bag at your favorite store in Dallas?

It will soon cost you.

The Dallas City Council Wednesday morning voted 8-6 to approve a partial ban on plastic bags – the kind you see flying around on freeways and in trees.

Starting in January, the thin plastic take-out bags will be banned from city facilities and city events, but Dallas retailers can still offer plastic bags for a fee – five cents for a bag.

It took more than a year, but Dallas City Council member Dwaine Caraway told KERA before the meeting he was confident he had the votes to pass the partial ban.

“Either we’re going to be green city, as the world is moving toward green, or we’re going to be kinda green, light green or mint green,” Caraway told KERA. “Either we’re going to be serious about our commitment or we’re going to half do the job.”

Kroger spokesman Gary Huddleston said banning plastic bags creates other problems.

“The theft has gone up because there are some customers, dishonest customers, that get a reusable bag, fill them up … and don’t pay for it,” he said.

Stores that don’t comply will be fined $500. But retailers will get to keep part of the five-cent bag fee.

Doualy Xaykaothao is a newscaster and reporter for NPR, based in Culver City. She returned to NPR for this role in 2018, and is responsible for writing, producing, and delivering national newscasts. She also reports on breaking news stories for NPR.
Eric Aasen is KERA’s managing editor. He helps lead the station's news department, including radio and digital reporters, producers and newscasters. He also oversees, the station’s news website, and manages the station's digital news projects. He reports and writes stories for the website and contributes pieces to KERA radio. He's discussed breaking news live on various public radio programs, including The Takeaway, Here & Now and Texas Standard, as well as radio and TV programs in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.