The idea of a ban on plastic bags is now back in the spotlight. A group of environmental activist says the recent adoption of a plastic bag ban in another south Texas city proves it can be done here in Laredo. Members of the citizens environmental advisory committee say they've worked hard to protect our city and while they haven't received all the support they'd like to in the past, they hope now is the time Laredo will move forward. After two long years of fighting for a ban on plastic bags in Laredo, the chance to be the first city in Texas to have such an ordinance is now gone. “We did a lot of work we had a lot of meetings and spoke to a lot of individuals and got the feedback and all of a sudden another city picks it up.” Without any discussion, the Brownsville city commission approved a mandatory ban on the use of plastic shopping bags to take effect in 2011. Members of the citizens environment advisory committee here in Laredo say Brownsville’s decision proves it can be done and business owners and city leaders can work together. Now they're willing to bring the issue up again against the will of some business owners. “No one is against helping the environment certainly not the downtown merchant community.” But getting rid of a problem like this is going take a lot more than just banning plastic bags according to downtown merchants. They say each and every individual resident will have to pitch in and decide to make the change. “We have a trash problem we have to educate the people to respect our streets our sidewalks and that’s the problem we have a littering problem we don’t have a plastic bag problem,” says downtown business owner Les Norton. As they have before downtown merchants say such a ban will be expensive for businesses forcing them to buy different more costly bags for shoppers in a time when any extra expense is one too many. Still at least one member of city council says the cost for cleaning up the city has gone through the roof. $400,000 a year to clean out bags in the city sewer system alone. “I just think that its a question of being more cooperative, when I grew up I didn’t grow up with any plastic bags so why not lets do it again.” Environment officials hope to now receive more support. “There’s too many plastic bags out there on empty lots and it doesn’t look very nice.” The committee plans on making another proposal in the coming months and hopes business owners and city council will re-consider.