Brownsville Plastic Bag Ordinance Receives National Attention

If you’re a Brownsville resident, chances are you’re aware of our plastic bag ordinance. In 2011, Brownsville became the first city in Texas to ban single-use plastic bags. The ordinance was an effort to encourage recycling and protect storm water infrastructure as well as wildlife and resacas. So far, it’s been a success, so much that other cities in Texas, like Ft. Stockton and Austin, have either enacted their own plastic bag bans or have contacted the City of Brownsville for advice on creating one.

Well, it’s not only other cities that have noticed. Recently, the City of Brownville’s plastic bag ordinance was recognized as a “Bright Idea” by the Ash Center of Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

What is a “Bright Idea?” The program recognizes the very best innovations in American government, and aims to bring national attention to these ideas. As a “Bright Idea” recipient, Brownsville’s plastic bag ordinance will be promoted for adoption by other local governments across the country.

At Redfish Recycling, we couldn’t be more proud of our community for embracing the ordinance and again proving why Brownsville is a leader in reuse and sustainability initiatives. Fewer single-use plastic bags means less litter and less waste, and that’s something we can all get behind.

Redfish hopes to continue to help Brownsville excel in recycling initiatives. Check out our services page to find out how we can help you reach your sustainability goals.