MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – A bill moving through the Alabama legislature would place a ban on plastic bag bans.
It is an anti-environmental move that would prohibit cities and counties from banning the bags and other single-use containers.
The bill would take away the power from local governments to issue bans on plastic bags, which has caused concern from people who care about the environment.
A bill that outlaws plastic bag bans is moving from the Alabama State House.
“I don’t think a lot of people really understand,” said Sharlene Prior.
Environmental advocacy group Mobile Baykeeper is fighting it.
“For us along the coast, plastic pollution in our waterways, not only is ugly and unsightly, but it actually impacts wildlife, it impacts our water quality, it impacts our seafood, and very much, it impacts tourism. Those are dollars that we live off of in this community,” said Casi Callaway, the Executive Director of Mobile Baykeeper.
The bill would prohibit local governments from banning the use of plastic bags, foam cups, and other single-use bags and containers.
Right now, there is no ban on plastic bags in Mobile County. But, Mobile Baykeeper is already working with local businesses trying to reduce plastic waste.
“We’ve been trying to do a lot of these projects on a volunteer basis, as opposed to a legislative basis. Still, if it doesn’t work voluntarily, we want the opportunity to do something more effective, more empowering,” said Callaway.
Doing what they can to keep Mobile’s waterways clean.
“I believe we should do what we can to help the environment right now because there’s been enough damage done to it,” said Prior.
Mobile Baykeeper asks for everyone to call their elected officials about this bill.
The Mobile City Council is also urging state lawmakers to oppose the bill.