Environment Texas
The Dallas Morning News
Robert Wilonsky

When it returns from summer break in August, the City Council will take up Dwaine Caraway's proposed ordinance banning, among other things, single-use plastic bags.

Based on the back-and-forth at the Quality of Life and Government Services Committee meeting earlier this month ? not to mention earlier, failed efforts to ban the bag ? it'll be a contentious debate, with environmentalists on one side and the American Progressive Bag Alliance and grocers and big-box retailers on the other.

Caraway is convinced he'll win; others on the council say the ban is far from a done deal.

In advance of the showdown, Luke Metzger, founder and director of Austin-based Environment Texas, has launched a petition in support of the ban on MoveOn.org.