Editorial: Local plastic-bag reprieve

“While it’s unfortunate it took a pandemic, recent decisions by the city of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County to temporarily lift bans on single-use plastic bags are welcome news for holed up shoppers frustrated by flimsy paper sacks and potentially bacteria- and germ-infested reusable bags.

Mayor Tim Keller announced on March 26 the city was temporarily lifting its ban on single-use plastic bags for 30 days to make life “easier” for shoppers and retailers during the coronavirus pandemic. The mayor said grocers were struggling to buy enough paper bags and wanted to streamline the checkout process where the virus can “piggyback” between objects and hands.”

Read the full editorial on the Albuquerque Journal.