Austin Resource Recovery (ARR) presented their newest draft of a disposable bag ban to the City Council today.
So what’s changed since the proposal was last floated?
ARR director Bob Gedert initially discussed a temporary surcharge – either 10 cents a bag, or a dollar per transaction – to fund the initial, educational phase of the ordinance.
But Gedert raised the surcharge proposal only to take it off the table moments later. Citing implementation challenges, he ultimately recommended against the measure, a move Mayor Lee Leffingwell supported. Leffingwell said no fees in the interim period would provide a “safe harbor” for customers, and ensure “people are not left trying to carry 20 cans of peas out in their arms.”