Flagstaff City Council chambers were packed Tuesday night and the subject was immediately obvious. Plastic bags, tied to wrists, packed in bigger bags, pinned to hats and fashioned into skirts were everywhere during a community discussion about the single-use totes.
Plastic bags in Flagstaff was the only topic on the Council’s agenda, but even so, many attendees didn’t have a chance to comment before the meeting's end. The council didn’t make any decision at the meeting and will continue the discussion at a yet-to-be-determined date.
Before Council convened, dozens of people, some wearing "Ban the Bag Flagstaff" T-shirts and other plastic bag-inspired outfits, gathered in front of City Hall to march in support of taking action to reduce the bags. The gathering was organized by the Friends of Flagstaff’s Future, Speak Up and the Northern Arizona University Green Jacks student group, among others.