As the debate intensifies over the city of Albuquerque’s proposed plastics ban, I am sharing my opinion as an Albuquerque resident employed as the catering director at a local popular restaurant.
Personally, I am in favor of reducing waste, recycling and reusing as often as possible. Professionally, I am against a ban on plastics that does not consider the financial impacts as it relates to the restaurant industry and expansion plans.
The proposed ban is confusing and will do little to combat the issues that have been in the forefront, i.e., eliminating plastic bags and drinking straws. Currently, the ordinance bans all single-use plastic bags and polystyrene containers. As concerned business constituents, the restaurant owner and I met with all City Council members. We asked which items will be restricted and every council member had different answers.
Some were unaware due to the lack of definitions within the ordinance and others assumed it was only plastic bags and straws.
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