Navigating Dallas Post Plastic Bag Fee

plastic bags in trees in Dallas

Dallas no longer has a five cent plastic bag fee. It was a short five month progressive renaissance, a brief respite from litter. There was an option to outright ban the bag, but instead city leaders voted to nix the tax and return to plastic as normal.

No, there is no requirement to use plastic. And hey some stores, ALDI for example, even chooses to charge for bags. Still, a tax or ban comes with the encouragement necessary to get many to do the right thing and forego the harmful convenience.

I’m curious if Walgreen’s will continue to use paper, or return to plastic. A clerk at Trader Joe’s told me their store was exempt from charging the fee because it had been able to prove their bags were renewable.

Look for a return to plastic bags hanging from trees, hiding in bushes and blowing in the wind near you.

About Eric Miller

Rick and I started this web magazine as The New Colonist back in 1999. I was in San Francisco, and he was in Los Angeles. We had a common interest in sustainability and city life. We're still at it. Today I am happy to have lived in both New York, San Francisco and Pittsburgh and to now reside in Dallas. Find more at