It is estimated that the cost to taxpayers of handling the waste created by single-use bags is $1 per person, per year. This means the cost to the City of San Antonio is estimated at $1.3 million per year.
In addition, single-use bags pollute our streams, rivers, and lakes, pose a threat to wildlife and children, and cause an eyesore.
Millions of barrels of oil and millions of gallons of water are used each year to produce single-use bags. These are precious resources that are wasted on a product that is designed to be used once and discarded.
Cities all over Texas and the United States have already made the transition to reusable bags as a way to save taxpayer dollars, reduce landfill waste, and reduce pollution and litter. Every major retailer already operates in markets where reusable bags are the normal, and some like Sam's, Costco, Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods have company policies to avoid single-use bags.
It is time for San Antonio to make the transition from single-use bags to reusable bags.