The Dallas City Council has approved an ordinance to help reduce the proliferation of single-use carryout bags. Under the new ordinance, effective January 1, 2015, retailers wishing to offer single-use carryout bags must assess a five-cent fee per bag. Included as part of this effort to reduce litter, restaurants will be required to offer takeaway items in recyclable paper bags only, unless a plastic bag or film is needed to protect against moisture.
The City is hopeful that you and your neighbors will see less litter from single-use carryout bags at your homes and in your communities which will improve aesthetics and have a positive impact on everyone’s quality of life.
The City is asking that you help them spread the word and encourage your families, your friends, and your neighbors to bring reusable bags with them when they shop, thus avoiding a fee if their favorite retailer or grocer does not offer free reusable bags. A link to the carryout bag ordinance is at www.GreenDallas.net and information about the ordinance is also posted on our social media pages. If you have any questions or suggestions about how the City can continue to create a greener and more sustainable Dallas, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Office of Environmental Quality at (214) 670-1200.
The City of Dallas is taking a proactive approach to protecting citizens against the West Nile Virus by continuing its “fight the bite” campaign in 2014 with radio announcements, billboards, social media, brochures and community meetings.
Ground spraying for mosquito control will be based on a positive West Nile Virus mosquito trap result from a public health laboratory or a consistently high mosquito trap count and will take place within five hours after the City is notified. Spray maps and news releases will be sent to all news media and posted at www.dallascitynewsroom.com.
Mosquito surveillance efforts occur year-round with off-season trapping conducted from November to April and increased surveillance that includes 90 mosquito traps from May to October. The City will also continue to work closely with Dallas County and the State of Texas on prevention efforts. City staff will respond quickly to complaints of standing water and will post signs identifying swimming pools and other large water sources that have been treated to prevent mosquito breeding.
Increased vigilance will help eliminate potential breeding sites, since mosquitoes can grow from egg to adult in as little as seven days. Breeding sites for mosquitoes include stagnant swimming pools, stagnant ponds, pet water dish, birdbaths, potted plants, tires, empty containers, toys and clogged gutters and drains.
Citizens have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes. The best way to “fight the bite” and avoid exposure to the West Nile virus is by employing the 4 Ds’:
Defend yourself by using insect repellents – Follow label instructions
Dress in long sleeves and pants, loose and light colored clothing when outside
Dusk and dawn, stay indoors to avoid mosquitoes when they are most active
Drain standing water and install or repair window screens
To report standing water or mosquito problems call 3-1-1. For more information visit www.dallascitynewsroom.com and click on the West Nile Virus tab at the top of the page.