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Op-Ed: Why Texas should ban plastic bags

Houston Chronicle Op-Ed: Plastic pollution is a serious problem. Let’s stop holding on so tightly to plastic bags — we’re better without them, and there’s no time like the present to act.

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Starbucks is replacing plastic straws with ‘sippy cup’ lids

CBS Austin: Starbucks announced on Monday it’s getting rid of its instantly recognizable green plastic straws, which contribute to ocean pollution and can be dangerous to marine life.

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Austin Says It Will No Longer Enforce Plastic Bag Ban, After Texas Supreme Court Ruling

KUT News Austin: The City of Austin says it will no longer enforce a ban on single-use plastic bags at most retail outlets, following a state Supreme Court ruling last month that struck down Laredo’s bag ban.

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Dallas requires apartments to offer recycling by 2020

GreenSource DFW: If you live in an apartment or a condominium in Dallas, you must have access to recycling. That’s the law, after Dallas City Council voted unanimously to require all multi-family complexes to provide recycling by 2020.

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Dallas Expands Recycling to Multifamily Buildings

NBC News DFW: Dallas apartments and other multifamily dwellings must provide recycling for residents by January 2020 under new rules unanimously approved Wednesday by the Dallas City Council.

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At long last, all Dallas apartments will have to offer recycling

Dallas Morning News: The City Council voted unanimously to approve the new recycling mandate, which is meant to help push Dallas toward its “zero-waste” goals and divert materials from landfills.

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Most Austin city parks lack recycling though donations funded bins in biggest parks

Politifact: TCE’s handout says that “as many as 293 out of 300” Austin city “parks have no recycling, including almost every neighborhood park.” We rate the statement TRUE.

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Dallas Takes a Huge Step toward Universal Recycling

From our blog: A committee of seven Dallas City Councilmembers voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that would require all apartments to begin recycling programs by January 1, 2020. The ordinance is scheduled for a full City Council vote on June 13.

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Will PARD ever get enough money to implement recycling in the parks?

Austin Monitor: Resolution passes to recommend that in 2019 City Council fund the initiative to expand the recycling program in city of Austin parks and recreational facilities.

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Where Do Cedar Park Mayor and Council Candidates Stand on Zero Waste?

From our blog: To help voters know just where the candidates stand, we asked the 8 candidates several questions about recycling and waste reduction.

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