Members of the Keller High Environmental Club are asking the Keller City Council to enact a ban on plastic bags.
“Regardless of any negative feedback, the city has a moral obligation to ensure the prosperity of the environment, and beginning a process that will lead to the banning of plastic bags is one way to start,” said Abbey Diggs, KHS junior and president of the school’s environmental club.
Calling the bags “urban tumbleweed,” Diggs spoke to city council members during the public comment period at the Feb. 3 meeting. Environmental club members, several other students and a few family members attended the meeting in support of the bag ban.
The club presented the council with 55 photos that they took of plastic bag trash in locations all over the city. Members spent the month of January taking photos, collecting 100 signatures of adults on a petition and researching the issue.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, less than 5 percent of plastic grocery bags in the United States are recycled.
Carlie Whisman, another KHS junior in the Environmental Club, said, “I think it’s a little thing that can help our community.”
Whisman also mentioned the new Dallas ordinance that went into effect on Jan.1. The Carryout Bag Ordinance requires that stores charge a 5 cent per single-use bag fee if a customer wants to use plastic or paper bags provided by the store.
By law, City Council members may not discuss items that are not on the posted agenda. After Diggs’ remarks, Mayor Mark Mathews mentioned the June visit from Keller Boy Scout Troop 32, when scouts suggested a bag ban, and indicated the subject was under consideration.
Diggs said Environmental Club members are posting flyers around town to encourage residents to support banning plastic bags and are considering collecting more signatures on a petition to get the item placed on a future Council agenda.
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Sandra Engelland, 817-431-2231