New Braunfels bans disposable containers Jan. 1, 2012

article by Phil Anaya / KENS 5

Disposable containers on either the Comal or Guadalupe River will soon be a thing of the past, since New Braunfels city council voted to ban them beginning next year.

The regular city council meeting Monday was quite possibly the most controversial one the city has ever seen. With such a large attendance the meeting wasn’t scheduled at council chambers, but rather the convention center.

One by one people opposed to banning disposable containers gave their reasoning. Many said it would hurt the local economy, impede on their rights and cause a more dangerous issue of dehydration by eliminating plastic water bottles.

The ordinance would forbid aluminum cans, plastic bottles or any sort of food trash. Non-disposable containers would be allowed.

Those in favor of the ordinance also gave their reasoning. Claiming the rivers have become overwhelmingly dirty by people not picking up after themselves and too much taxpayer money going towards clean up. In the end city council would approve the ordinance 5 to 1. The new rule will go into effect January 1, 2012.

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