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Posted on: October 20, 2021

Plastic Bag Ban goes into effect November 1, 2021, in Taos


Rick Bellis, Town Manager

(575) 751-2002



October 20, 2021


Plastic Bag Ban goes into effect November 1, 2021, in Taos
Town of Taos businesses prepares for the start of Single-Use Product Ordinance
 in reducing plastic pollution.


Taos, NM – The Town of Taos passed the Single-Use Product Ordinance (Ord. 20-05, 2020) on March 10, 2020, with the effective date postponed to November 1, 2021, due to the pandemic. Under the ordinance, the town-wide ban states that retail establishments shall not provide or sell any single-use plastic carryout bags, plastic straws or stirrers, or Styrofoam cups, plates, or food containers. These plastics cause significant environmental impacts, including contamination of the environment, the death of animals through ingestion and entanglement, and widespread litter affecting the land and rivers of the Taos community. The purpose of the ban is to protect, conserve and enhance the Town's unique natural beauty and irreplaceable natural resources, minimize the impact and cost of litter and solid waste disposal from single-use products to the public, and preserve public health and safety. 


“By encouraging the use of reusable bags and prohibiting the use of single-use products, the Town of Taos is one step closer to reducing plastic pollution and keeping Taos green,” said Town of Taos Mayor Dan Barrone.

What this means for customers:
Bring your own bag or container when shopping at retail establishments in the Town of Taos.

What this means for businesses:
Find an alternative to single-use products (carryout plastic bags, plastic straws and stirrers, plastic and Styrofoam cups, plates, or food containers) for your customers.

For more details, see Ordinance 20-05, 2020 at

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