Duro Bag Manufacturing Co. was OK with the city of Brownsville, Texas, banning plastic bags. But now that the city may extend the ban to paper bags, the company is threatening to close its plant and leave town. Plastics Blog readers may remember that earlier this year, Brownsville became the 12th U.S. city to ban single-use plastic grocery bags. At the time, we connected the dots and pointed out that Brownsville was home to a big Duro Bag plant that employs 120 and makes about 9 million paper bags a day. The company touts itself as the world's No. 1 paper bag maker. When the plastic ban was adopted, a Duro official told The Brownsville Herald that the ban was "for the good of the community, for the good of the people and the environment." But now the tables have been turned. According to the Valley Morning Star, an amendment to the plastic bag ban, proposed by city's Environmental Advisory Committee, would remove language in the original ordinance that specifically exempts "recyclable paper bags" from the ban. City Commissioner Edward C. Camarillo told the newspaper that the change is not aimed at banning paper bags. "Nobody is trying to ban paper bags," he said. "We are not banning paper bags." But that's not how Duro is reading the latest developments. The newspaper says that Chris Klein, Duro's environmental director, thinks the revision is clearly aimed at banning most paper bags. "Company officials said the company would have no choice but to move if paper bags were banned," the story says. What happened to bag bans being "for the good of the community, for the good of the people and the environment"?
Paper bag maker not happy with Brownsville bag ban
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