Asheville's sustainability director Bridget Herring addresses City Council Oct. 11, 2022.
Asheville's sustainability director Bridget Herring addresses City Council Oct. 11, 2022.

ASHEVILLE – Serious plastic regulation is on its way to Asheville following City Council’s Oct. 11 vote to prohibit plastic bags for curbside litter collection and begin public engagement around further regulation of plastic grocery bags at point of sale, with many conservationists calling for an outright ban.

The more than 20 speakers at City Council’s late-night meeting were also advocating for something else: speed.

It was the refrain of almost every speech. Voices strained with urgency as environmentalists, restaurant and business owners, area biologists and high schoolers alike called for City Council to take action now, rather than in a year when the new ordinance recommendation is proposed to come before them.

“What we’re asking for is not novel,” said Anna Alsobrook, watershed outreach coordinator with MountainTrue. She urged the council to take action on an outright ban by the end of the year.

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