Photo of plastic bag litter

Some claim that the official El Paso flag is the plastic grocery bag. When the wind blows, it adorns ocotillos and hangs in trees. Several years ago an effort to ban the bags did not make it past a City Council committee. The excuse was that too many El Pasoans can’t afford the bags.

Now the Sierra Club El Paso Group plans to hand out 500 large reuseable shopping bags to shoppers primarily in lower-income areas. The group hopes the idea will catch on with other organizations that want to promote use of reuseable bags.

Any group that wants to participate can get in touch with El Paso Group Vice Chair Jim Tolbert at 915-525-7364 or diegotolbert@gmail.com.

El Paso Group distributing reusable bags