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Austin calls on community to continue using reusable bags as plastic bag ban ends

The City of Austin is calling on the community to continue using reusable bags as its 5-year-old plastic bag ban ordinance comes to an end. (Photo: zeevveez / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

The City of Austin is calling on the community to continue using reusable bags as its 5-year-old plastic bag ban ordinance comes to an end.

Last week the city said it will follow the ruling from the Texas Supreme Court last month that ruled a similar bag ban in Laredo violated state law.

"While it is disappointing that Austin is losing a tool to help protect the environment, staff is confident that the Austin community will continue to do its best to minimize plasticbag waste given the environmental benefits," the city said in a statement.

According to a study conducted in 2015, there was a 75 percent reduction in the number of plastic bags in Austin's litter composition because of the bag ban, the city said.

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