Legislation for plastic ban at city buildings introduced at council meeting

District 2 Councilmember Amir Farokhi introduced legislation Monday that would ban certain single-use plastics that are harmful to the environment in City of Atlanta owned buildings, including Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Plastic bags, straws and Styrofoam are among the items that would be banned.

“Every day there’s a new headline and study detailing the dire position our planet is in,” Farokhi said. “The time to act on sustainability was yesterday. Elected officials at every level will be judged in the future by what they do today.”

“City buildings, particularly at the airport through its retailers and restaurants, are major consumers of these harmful products. We can make a substantial impact by shifting to paper and reusables and substantial statement as a city by taking up this cause,” he said.

The legislation was introduced with a companion resolution asking the city to work with private retailers to replicate the plastics ban at venues like grocery stores and stadiums. It is critical that the ban for city buildings move forward first, Farokhi said.

“Before we can ask private companies to change their behaviors, we need to behave accordingly,” he said. “This bill represents a leg to stand on as we attempt to build a broader public-private coalition.”

Monday’s bill was co-sponsored by Councilmembers Joyce Sheperd, Matt Westmoreland, Andre Dickens, Andrea Boone, Carla Smith, Antonio Brown, Dustin Hillis, Jennifer Ide, Michael Julian Bond and Marci Collier Overstreet.

The items will be heard before the Transportation and Finance/Executive Committees on Aug. 14 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. respectively in Committee Room No. 1 at Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave. SW.

  1. You need to read serious science about the environment. Banning plastic bags means killing more trees for paper, which in turn means less absorption of carbon dioxide. Perhaps it’s just a matter of time until technology allows us to recycle plastic bags.

  2. Not very good. Replacing plastic bags with paper means killing more trees for pulp. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, which helps the environment. Has anyone looked at the environmental trDe-off? Advancing technology may solve this recycling issue. I wager no one has looked at either of these issues. This is just another knee-jerk reaction to pop environmentalism.

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