Planning & Development Services

Q: What is the purpose or end result of this legislation?


A: The production and disposal of single-use plastic bags and single-use polystyrene containers create significant environmental impacts including the contamination of the environment, ingestion and entanglement by wildlife, and widespread litter. Single-use polystyrene containers create non-recyclable and non-degradable refuse streams while more environmentally sensitive alternatives are available. The purpose of this ordinance is to protect and enhance the county’s unique and precious environment, wildlife, and beauty through the reduction of single-use non compostable or non-recyclable bags and containers, and to encourage the use of reusable or sustainable options.

During the second half of fiscal year 2022, a temporary administrative committee will convene to evaluate the impact of this ordinance and present a report to the Bernalillo County Board of County Commissioners before June 30, 2022.

The report shall, at a minimum and as well as can be reasonably determined, determine the number of prohibited single-use plastic carryout bags and single-use polystyrene containers diverted from the public waste stream by this ordinance, the number of bags and containers sold or distributed at the point of sale, and the percentage of customers using reusable bags on a regular basis. The committee shall also make recommendations for changes to this act.

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For more information, please call the Bernalillo County Contact Center at (505) 468-7777.

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