Roanoke would like shoppers to bring their own bags. A lawmaker prefers instead to punish litterbugs.
One of our favorite quotes in the war against plastic bags came a few years back from former Roanoke City Attorney Bill Hackworth: “Our trees are festooned with plastic bags all along the river.”
It is a lasting image and one Roanoke does not wish to project. But no matter how often crews are dispatched to snatch the flimsy, slippery bags from their perch, they accumulate anew.