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Single-Use Plastic Bags Will Be Free Again Monday

6 years ago by Stephen Young
At what Dwaine Caraway said would be his last City Council meeting, the term-limited council member put on a vintage performance, fighting against what's become the bane of his existence: single-use plastic bags. He lost. Single-use plastic bags will be free again on Monday, but he lost fighting the good...
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Meatpacker that Dumped Pig Blood in Trinity Seeks Permit to Pollute Air

6 years ago by Amy Martyn
The dumping of pig blood into a creek that feeds the Trinity River is an awkward moment in Dallas history. The Columbia Packing Co. was caught doing the type of corporate malfeasance that sounded like a story out of a Third World country or the Dark Ages, except the story...
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Environmentalists to City: Your Long-Term Trash Plan is a Burning Pile of Garbage

9 years ago by Eric Nicholson
On Tuesday, you saw a glimpse of Dallas' garbage future. The city's long-term solid waste plan had some relatively progressive ideas -- mandatory recycling, a plastic bag ban and "zero waste," for example -- but those won't even be up for actual discussion for another couple of decades. Once the...
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When Should Dallas Require Apartments to Recycle? There's Still Some Debate About That.

8 years ago by Eric Nicholson
When city staff first unveiled their vision to transform Dallas into a "zero waste" city by 2040, there was immediate pushback. No one quibbled with the goal of waste reduction, but pretty much everyone quibbled with the way the city should get there. Environmentalists critiqued the plan for putting off...
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Dallas Set to Decide on Plastic Bag Ban on Wednesday

7 years ago by Eric Nicholson
It's entirely possible that the Dallas City Council will show up on Wednesday, argue for an hour or two, then decide that it's not quite ready to vote on banning plastic and other single-use carryout bags, Dwaine Caraway's March-vote-or-bust pledge be damned. But, thanks to a draft of the ordinance...
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Drilling Opponents: Plan Commish Chair Pushed Commissioners to Support Fracking

8 years ago by Brantley Hargrove
Opponents of Trinity East's plan to drill for natural gas inside the Trinity River floodplain say Plan Commission Chair Joe Alcantar of pressing his fellow commissioners outside of public meetings or lawful closed-door deliberations to reconsider the permit. In a complaint filed with the District Attorney's public integrity division Wednesday,...
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Before They Vote on Fracking, Dallas' Plan Commissioners Will Get a Gas-Drilling Primer

8 years ago by Eric Nicholson
The city's Gas Drilling Task Force never came to a consensus on the potential impact of allowing fracking within city limits, ultimately splintering into two opposing camps. But they did spend the better part of a year researching and debating the issue's many facets. It was curious, then, when the...
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Dallas Apartments and Hotels Are Terrible at Recycling

7 years ago by Eric Nicholson
It's really easy to recycle in Dallas if you live in a house. Just dump that unsorted mass of old newspapers, empty soda cans and milk cartons into a cavernous blue bin, drag it to the curb and let one the city's lumbering dump trucks haul it away. For those...
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Trinity East Wants to Drill in the Floodplain

9 years ago by Patrick Williams
Ah, the Trinity River corridor, that swath of green that anchors urban Dallas to Mother Nature. How we cherish it. Unless, that is, someone -- Mayor Mike Rawlings, for example -- wants to build a toll road through its heart ... Or maybe dump a few hundred gallons of pig...
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State Health Services Says Dallas Bag Ban Must Exempt Poor People from Five-Cent Fee

7 years ago by Amy Martyn
If the point of a plastic bag fee is get people to stop using plastic bags, then it may not make sense to give the bags away to people who can't afford the fee, though the Texas Department of State Health Services says poor people on federal aid shouldn't have...

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