Texas Bag Legislation Defeated

Victory | June 15 2011

Plastic Pollution

Surfrider Foundation won a Rise Above Plastics victory when the attempt by two Texas Legislators to limit local rule on plastic bag ordinances failed in the Texas Legislature leaving local communities able to tackle plastic pollution on their own terms. Local preemption has been a recent tactic of bag ordinance opposition groups. This victory was the result of a joint effort by all five Surfrider Foundation Texas Chapters and the Texas Campaign for the Environment as we rallied opposition to the bill from all over the state. This now leaves the door open for proposed plastic bag ordinances to be passed in Texas and join South Padre Island, Brownsville and Fort Stockton as communities that have adopted plastic ordinances in an effort to reduce plastic litter in their areas.

Plastic Pollution

Rise Above Plastics is designed to eliminate the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.

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