Plastic Bag Fee Trashed in Dallas

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DALLAS - The five-cent plastic bag fee in Dallas is going, going, gone! The Dallas City Council voted 10-4 Friday to kill the fee that was imposed back in January.

Starting Monday, bags will once again be free.

“Sounds good to me," shopper Gladys Jones said.

Things got pretty crazy at Wednesday's City Council meeting with one activist dressing up as “plastic bag monster” to argue against ending the fee.

“I’ve been held back from taking over the city for the past few months while the plastic bag ban was in place,” Danny the Plastic Bag Monster said sarcastically. “I think that is very unfair.”

Councilman Dwaine Caraway brought in exhibits of plastic bags on trees and fences to illustrate the evils of plastic bags.

“It is unfair for the city to look like this when we are talking about the culture of clean,” he said.

Although Caraway was the champion of the bag fee, it isn’t popular among his constituents in District 3.

“I think it’s a waste of money and a waste of time,” said Kenneth Cole.

“I think Dwaine Caraway and his committee made a bad choice,” Cynthia Parker agreed.

But both Parker and Cole say the nickel charge is causing them to change their behavior like the ordinance intended.

“I just recycle my bags. I buy them one time and recycle them and bring them back,” Cole explained.

“I don’t see as many bags floating around in the air,” Parker said.

But it looks like this Dallas experiment in going green is blowing in the wind.

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