Opposition To Flagstaff’s Proposed Plastic Bag Ban Grows

On January 13th, the Flagstaff City Council will be making a decision on whether or not to pursue a plastic bag ban in Flagstaff. The proposed ban has been in the works for several years and was recently approved by the Flagstaff Sustainability Commission by a vote of 5-2.

Many Flagstaff residents are rallying against the ban saying that there are other solutions, such as expanded recycling, that should be implemented and tried before a bag ban is enacted.

A Facebook page called Bag The Ban Flagstaff has been created by concerned residents who are pushing back against the proposal. The introduction to the page says:

“If you believe your friends and neighbors in FLG are responsible enough to recycle bags, then you know we don’t need to ban them!

Stay tuned here for innovative ways that you can help reduce the waste at our landfill without being told that you can’t have plastic bags.”

Flagstaff City Councilman Jeff Oravits had this to say on his facebook page this morning:

“On January 13th the Flagstaff City Council will consider banning plastic bags. With all of the challenges our community faces is this what we’re spending our valuable time and resources on?

Let me be clear, I am all for finding solutions short of a ban that reduces the use of plastic bags, especially those bags entering our landfill. But an outright ban?

This is a glimpse of lingering past “priorities” from past councils. With all of our challenges, I believe this to be a complete misappropriation of staff time and tax dollars.

These are the same type of time wasting pursuits that led to crumbling roads, broken infrastructure and a police department that routinely loses 25% of its force per year, to name a few.

We can do a few things great or lots of things poorly. Let’s make sure our City Council focuses on its core job and doing a great job at that, not some activist groups social agenda that distracts us and pulls resources from more important tasks.

Feel free to email council your thoughts.


Opponents of the ban are encouraging Flagstaff residents who are opposed to the ban to show up at the January 13th meeting. The meeting will start at 6:00 pm and will be held in the Council Chambers at Flagstaff City Hall.