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Sunset Valley considers bag ban

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The city of Sunset Valley is following Austin's lead, as the city council prepares to consider a ban on plastic bags.

Austin recently passed an ordinance to plastic bags, and now the city of Sunset Valley wants to do the same.

City administrators tell us the ban would be similar to Austin's and would prohibit businesses from providing customers with what are single-use bags, the plastic bags typically used by grocery stores.

The main concern is how this would affect small businesses.

One business owner told FOX 7 she may have to pass the added costs of using thicker bags onto customers if the ordinance passes.

"Get the thicker ones, get our names printed on them or something and then we're going to have to charge the customers more," said Susan Hitt, owner of Big Frog Custom T-shirts.

"The ones that I think it's more of a challenge are the smaller businesses or the more specialized. The larger ones that have locations around the country that may have already implemented a similar program or that have locations in Austin are already gearing up for how they're going to comply with that," said Clay Collins, City Administrator.

Council will vote on the measure at the February 19 meeting.

If it passes it will likely go into effect this fall.

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