ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A plastic bag ban in Albuquerque could keep about 120 million such bags out of the landfill each year and another 20 million from storm drain systems and rivers, according to a newly released economic analysis of a proposed ban.
An effective ban could also save the city millions in clean-up expenses, according to the report prepared by City Council staff.
But the move could cost businesses and consumers more, the study said, and actually increase material going to the landfill — although it would decompose far faster.
The City Council is expected to vote tonight on the Clean and Green Retail Ordinance, which would prohibit businesses from providing single-use plastic bags to customers at the point of sale and also severely restrict the use of plastic straws and foam carryout food containers.
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