In Querétaro, no more bags. In Querétaro, no more bags.

Municipality is first to outlaw plastic bags

In Querétaro, stores will not be permitted to provide disposable bags to customers

Plastic bags will be banned in the municipality of Querétaro beginning April 1 next year, making it the first municipality in Mexico to implement the measure.


The prohibition is part of a wider environmental protection law that was approved unanimously at a council meeting Wednesday and will prevent businesses from providing disposable plastic bags to customers.

“. . . Protecting the environment is a fundamental principle to build a more sustainable city with a better quality of life,” Querétaro Mayor Marcos Aguilar Vega said in a press release.

Aguilar Vega also announced that due to the high cost involved, biodegradable shopping bags would not be distributed to residents as had been previously announced.

Instead, he called on residents to cooperate with the ruling by buying one of three alternative bags, adding that they would be available at a cost accessible to all.

“Being the first municipality in Mexico to take this step, I want to ask all of you to feel proud and to contribute so that this mission can be an example that is repeated in the rest of the republic,” Aguilar said.

Approval of the law “places our municipality as a national leader in environmental matters,” he added.


Sanctions for businesses that don’t comply with the new ordinance will include confiscation of the outlawed bags, fines ranging in value according to the size of the offending establishment or even revoking their operational licenses, the mayor explained.

However, he stressed that the decision to implement the law is based on evidence that the bags are extremely harmful to the environment and its aim is to stop that damage and raise awareness about the issue rather than impose punishment.

Two million disposable plastic bags are currently used in the municipality daily, with each one taking between 100 and 500 years to break down completely.

Other environmentally-friendly projects that the government has undertaken include a massive tree-planting spree and the replacement of 60,000 street lights that helped to significantly lower the city’s carbon footprint.

Next on the agenda is the construction of a 200-kilometer bicycle path network aimed at encouraging people to leave their cars at home.

“The government under my charge has driven the greatest environmental policy in the history of our municipality,” the mayor asserted.

Source: Diario de Querétaro (sp)

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  • Kudos to Querétaro! Those bags are a pox upon the earth. The reusable ones, which I’ve used for years, are dirt cheap. Buy one or two or three. Quite handy.

    • T. M. Sabin

      I agree, Felipe Zapata! I’ve used cloth tote bags or biodegradable bags for years. In the last couple of years, even small local stores in my town have started handing out free biodegradable tote bags with their store’s advertising printed on them to regular customers this time of year, with a big smile and a “Prospero Año Nuevo” wish. We separate our garbage (different pick-up days for different types), so recyclables can be recycled by the municipio, and organics fed to pigs and chickens at co-ops for extremely low (or no) income residents. We take pride in our MEXICAN town (around 20 expats among over 6,000 Mexican nationals). Happy to see Querétaro taking pride in their city, too. Thumbs down to the negative comments previously posted. Glad they’re not my neighbors.

  • Jeff Swanson

    Scientists of the rocket the Mexicans are not! This IS the most STUPID act ever! Prior to this “SCURGE” of the “Tee” shirt bag (Bolsa de Plastico) in Mexico, the Mexicans ALL collected their trash in a pail or 5 gallon plastic bucket.
    This was THEN dumped in the middle of the street. With the advent of the plastic Tee Shirt Bags, which took 20 years to reach Mexico, NOW SUDDENLY ALL the MEXICANS had clean sanitary trash disposal, they all place their garbage in them, NEATLY tie the handles on the bag and place it out for collection!
    AND guess what? The trash collectors ACTUALLY COLLECT IT ! S I M P L Y A M A Z I N G ! ! !
    This “POX” has done more to clean up Mexico then anything! as someone who actually lived in “Paradise” (Mexico) I saw this first hand, wanna know what commercially sold trash bags in “Cheap” Mexico Cost (Glad Trash Bags) nearly 10 pesos each!
    Wanna know how many Mexicans “BUY” trash bags ? ZERO !!!! Wanna know their only source? The grocery store when they buy their tortilla’s!
    Why buy trash bags when you can have a 300 USD pair of shoes on layaway at 37.8% interest, it’s all about priorities!
    AND if you know ANYTHING they CAN AND DO manufacture those bags, to biodegrade RAPIDLY!
    Suspect the area stores and merchants paid this guy off to ban them, to save them $$$, NOW they don’t have to buy them.
    Overnight trash in the streets (LOOSE) will increase 200,000% !!! Just watch it !

  • Jeff Swanson

    And expecting the “MEXICANS” to actually BUY MUCH LESS USE, “REUSEABLE” shopping bags, absurd, ain’t gonna happen, as well does not provide a “FREE” reusable bag (reusable as a trash bag) with every purchase!
    It’s a beautiful system that “Worked” past tenths!