Sunset Valley, TEXAS (KXAN) - It's been six months since the City of Austin's bag ban took effect, but now another town is also doing away with single-use plastic bags. Sunset Valley is joining the Capital City to ban most plastic bags.
"I'm glad to see it everywhere," said Jill Welch, a Sunset Valley shopper. "We've actually been using them for a couple of years now."
The ban on single-use plastic bags that started in Austin six months ago has spread into Sunset Valley city limits.
"We've been doing it a while already," said shopper Amber Friedeck. "So, we've just been collecting our reusable bags."
Sunset Valley's bag ban kicked in at the start of the month.
One hope is by prohibiting businesses from using plastic bags, it will help cut down on the amount of litter that gets easily tossed around. Officials with the City of Austin say they're already seeing an impact.
"We've heard that the litter is starting to decrease," said Lauren Hammond, spokesperson for the City of Austin's Resource Recovery. "Some businesses have said that they've seen less litter in their parking lots."
Also, Hammond says calls from businesses or residents questioning the ban and its rules have gone down over the summer.
"Whenever we get a complaint from someone about a business, we go out and see what's going on. We haven't had to resort to any sort of penalties at this point," Hammond said.
For most, a ban on single-use bags is a small adjustment for a bigger purpose.
"I keep them in the back of my car and they're always with me," Welch said. "It's no big deal at all."
"If we're doing it for the environment, I'm fine with that," Friedeck said.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.