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New Mexico May Be Next State to Ban Plastic Shopping Bags

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New Mexico may be the next state to ban plastic shopping bags.

Both supporters and detractors addressed a legislative committee this week about why single-use, carry-out plastic bags should go the way of the dinosaur. While convenient for shoppers, the bags are difficult and costly to recycle and most end up in landfills.

Brad Liski, CEO and co-founder of Tru Earth, a company that makes biodegradable cleaning products, said most people have plenty of alternatives to single-use plastics.

"There's no question that there's more appetite for change, in some states more than others, and there are better plastics out there than our single-use plastics," he said. "There's things that we can do in the home to make a difference that are a great way to help save the planet."

The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce spoke against the ban, arguing it would force businesses to raise prices. California was once the only state with a uniform ban on plastic bags. Several others - including Hawaii, New York and Oregon - have since followed suit, while many towns and cities have their own bans.

Plastic bags are known to take around 300 years to photodegrade, a process that allows tiny toxic particles to contaminate waterways and enter the food chain when animals accidentally ingest them. A Greenpeace report from 2022 found that only 5% of the plastic waste generated by U.S. households was recycled, and Liski said our oceans are paying the price.

"There's a stat that alarms me every time I hear it, and that's that every three minutes, plastic pollution the weight of a humpback whale is dumped into the ocean," he said. "That's every three minutes of every day."

In addition to banning single-use plastic bags statewide, the New Mexico bill would allow local municipalities and counties to enact penalties for violating the ban. After passing the House Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee, the bill now moves to the Senate Tax, Business and Transportation Committee.

The bill is sponsored by Reps. Patricia Roybal Caballero and Cynthia Borrego, both D-Albuquerque, and Sen. Jeff Steinborn, D-Doña Ana.


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