AUSTIN, TEXAS – Austin residents are invited to participate in an online survey about their beliefs and behaviors regarding single-use plastic bags. The survey is available in English at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CarryoutBagsAustin and Spanish at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CarryoutBagsAustinSpanish and will be open from Feb. 7, 2019, through March 8, 2019.
In July, the City of Austin announced that it will no longer enforce the single-use carryout bag ordinance (SUBO) – informally known as the “bag ban” – after the Texas Supreme Court ruled that a similar ordinance in Laredo violated state law. Austin Resource Recovery (ARR) has designed this survey to learn what residents think about the ruling and single-use plastic bags, about their attitudes toward retailers that offer reusable bags, and about their own habits.
Although ARR is no longer able to enforce the SUBO, the results of this survey will help shape the department’s strategy to encourage retailers and individuals to honor the spirit of the ordinance with the voluntary use of reusable shopping bags.
About Austin Resource Recovery
Austin Resource Recovery provides a wide range of services designed to transform waste into resources while keeping our community clean. Services include curbside collection of recycling, trash, yard trimmings and large brush and bulk items; street sweeping; dead animal collection; household hazardous waste disposal and recycling; and outreach and education. Austin Resource Recovery offers free, voluntary, and confidential consulting services to help Austin businesses reduce waste and comply with the City’s recycling ordinances. In December 2011, the Austin City Council approved the Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan, which is the City’s road map to Zero Waste. The City of Austin is committed to reducing the amount of waste sent to area landfills by 90 percent by 2040. Learn more at austinrecycles.com.
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