Silver City approves partial ban on plastic bags

Posted at: 07/10/2014 2:38 PM
By: The Associated Press

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico has another city prohibiting retailers from handing out thin plastic carryout bags.

The Silver City Town Council's unanimous approval of a ban Tuesday night follows Santa Fe's approval of its own ordinance.

The Silver City Sun-News reports that Silver City's ban applies only to thinner plastic bags of the type intended for single uses.

Supporters said the ban will help reduce litter.

Director Scott Terry of the Silver City Grand County Chamber of Commerce said he didn't oppose the ordinance but wanted the council to put off the vote for 30 days to give businesses more time to weigh in.

Town officials said the issue was initially raised during May council meeting and that the town also put legal notices in newspapers.

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