2015 Bright Idea
Winners:
City of Brownsville, TX
2015
Publication:
Innovations in American Government Awards
Jurisdiction:
Texas

In 2009, the city of Brownsville passed the Plastic Bag Ordinance, which prohibits the use of plastic bags from general use by retail outlets in the city, eliminating over 350,000 bags from its landfill daily. Plastic bags are available at stores for a small environmental fee, which is remitted to the city and used for environmental initiatives and providing reusable bags to lower-income residents.