Biodegradable bags ordinance takes effect

A new ordinance taking effect today in Houston requires residents to use biodegradable bags, which cost three times more than the old bags. Residents who don't comply with the new ordinance could face up to a $2,000 fine

April 5, 2010 8:49:35 AM PDT
Starting today, the city of Houston will require residents to switch to biodegradable bags or eventually pay a fine. City residents will now have to put their yard trimmings in green friendly bags with the city's seal. The new bags will cost you about three times more than the old bags.

And under the new ordinance, residents can face a fine of up to $2,000 if they're not put in city-approved bags.

But officials say it will not fine anyone for the first few weeks.