Plastic bag policy changed in Dallas


Michelle Stoddart

Plastic bags will now cost a nickel for those that would like them in Dallas.

Julia Vastano, Assistant Editor-in-Chief

Plastic and paper bags will be less common in the Dallas area beginning January 1, 2015

after the Dallas City Council passed a law that requires grocery stores and retailers to charge five cents for every paper and plastic bag used by customer.

“A nickel won’t break the bank,” art teacher Jeff Seidel said. “However, I think for the lower demographic brackets of people it will affect them more.”

This a major change for the city of Dallas (plastic bags have been complementary since the late 1960’s), but for people on campus that live in Dallas, it won’t make much of a difference.

“I use some reusable bags but if I forget them I will just plastic or paper,” AP world history teacher Kevin Finn said. “I will probably try to use my reusable bags more often.”

 Getting more people to use reusable bags is an effort to make Dallas a greener city.

“I think that this is definitely a step in the right direction,” English teacher Katharine Harrison said. “I know in cities like Austin you will go to the Wal-Mart and you forget your tote bags then they will automatically give you paper ones.  It is better for the environment even if you choose paper over plastic.”