Title

Using the benefits and shortcomings of existing systems to create a sustainable plastic bag eradication program

Date of Award

11-30-2009

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Advisor

Kathy Flanagan

Keywords

Frisco, Texas; HDPE; Plastic Bag Eradication; Single-Use Plastic Bags

Abstract

Single-use plastic bags (SUPB) have become a nuisance and environmental danger. The City of Frisco's major grocers distributed an estimated 40.7 million SUPBs in 2008. In this same period of time, only 17,168 reusable bags were sold by these same institutions with a 1.56% customer usage rate. By looking at five other SUPB reduction programs, a proposal for a similar system for the municipal government of Frisco, Texas can be created. This proposal recommends that a continued education campaign combined with a fee structured program be put in place. These components supervised by affected parties can create an all encompassing system able to establish the greatest reduction in SUPBs in the community and the most sustainable positive environmental outcomes.

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