Sioux City wants to curb our dependence on disposable bags. Plastic bags are quick and convenient, but they're also an eyesore to many.
Sioux City estimates its citizens use 30-million bags a year.
Many end up littering yards, businesses, and waterways.
So, Mayor Bob Scott wants to push pause on our plastic use.
He's asked city staff to draw up an ordinance that limits the distribution of single-use plastic bags.
However, local officials caution they don't plan on an outright ban, at least not yet.
"We don't want to say on this date nobody can use plastic bags. We want it to be a gradual change that people can adapt to,” said Melissa Campbell of Sioux City’s Environmental Services Division.
We stopped by the Hy-Vee on Hamilton on Friday. While employees said they couldn't comment. shoppers don't seem too worried about the transition.
"I don't like the plastic blowing all over everywhere. I just don't use the plastic bags. I do not use them. I'll end up throwing them in the trash, which ends up in the landfill and what good is that,” asked Teresa Heywood, of Sioux City.
“I'm tired of hauling plastic bags back and forth. I think the paper ones are more Earth-friendly,” added Karen Eberle, also of Sioux City.
This is what local officials want you to use, reusable plastic bags.
There's actually nothing on paper. They haven't talked about how it would be enforced or whether there would be a fine.
Plastic bag bans are gaining momentum across the country, and they seem to be watching what other towns are doing.
Campbell sited Chicago's ordinance that goes into effect in a year, but only applies to retailers bigger than 10,000 square feet.
To start, Sioux City is looking for input from retailers and residents.
Surveys are available at the customer service desk at City Hall or by clicking on this? link?.
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