Santa Fe begins plastic bag ban

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The city of Santa Fe in now banning plastic bags.

Starting Thursday, retailers are prohibited from providing single-use carry out plastic bags. This comes after councilors amended the ordinance and eliminated a 10 cent fee that would have charged customers who wanted to use a plastic bag.

Santa Fe leaders say the ban will help protect, conserve and enhance the city’s natural beauty.


  • Exempted bags: Bags thicker than 2.25 Mil (considered reusable), produce bags, bulk food bags, bags for frozen meat/food, flowers/plants, laundry and newspapers.
  • Exempted entities: Non-profit corporations which provide hunger relief to distribute food, grocery products, clothing or other household goods.

Business will be granted a 30-day grace period to allow them to adjust to the new rules.

In preparation for the ban, Santa Fe issued more than 10,000 free reusable bags to residents. Bags are still available. For more information» provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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