The Mobile City Council has expressed its unanimous opposition to a statewide bill that would prohibit municipalities from banning plastic containers.
Councilman Joel Daves mentioned the bill at a regular meeting on Tuesday, and that same day, councilors signed a letter asking members of the Mobile County legislative delegation to oppose House Bill 346.
In the letter, councilors said the city is “fighting an avalanche of litter;” most of which comes from the types of plastic containers defined in the bill.
“The litter poses a significant risk to our economy and our environment,” the letter continues. “These containers and materials ultimately find their way into our waterways, endangering the fragile gulf ecosystem and those animals — including humans — that depend on it.”
The bill, which was placed on the Senate calendar Tuesday and has already been assigned to a House committee, specifically prevents “municipal and county governments from adopting or enforcing any ordinance that regulates the use, disposition, or sale of, or prohibits, restricts, or imposes any fee, charge, or tax on certain auxiliary containers.”
During a council pre-conference meeting, Daves told fellow councilors the city is suffering from a plastic container crisis.
“We have a plastic container crisis in this city,” Daves said. “We’re spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to catch it all and it eventually ends up in the bay, where it’s an environmental catastrophe.”
The bill is set to be discussed in the state government committee in the House Wednesday at 3:15 p.m.
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