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The date has been pushed back to April, but you will find them in stores now.

I wanted to drop a quick note to Houston residents about the new bag requirement for garden waste. I feel that Houston has been trying to implement this policy for some time, but this April seems to be the real deadline. When I was out walking (I seem to be always walking through the neighborhood), I discovered that my neighbors were vaguely aware; however, they were not ready. When I had been going to various stores, I had not seen the bags, but I did find them in the local hardware store recently.
    A few questions that I was asked: 1) Are they more expensive than the other bags? Yes, but not outrageously so. 2) Are they sturdy to hold a lot of waste? I could only find 33 gallon bags. This is the type of bag for a tall kitchen trash can, so they do not hold as much as the old leaf bags, and their thickness seemed to be about the same as the kitchen bags, which means no over stuffing. Can you find them everywhere? I have not been so diligent in looking for them, but they are not everywhere.
    Hopefully the city will have larger bags on their agenda. As one neighbor said he was going to start composting. Well, I already compost most of my garden waste. There are a few times when I need to set some things out. Maybe this new policy would force people to compost. That might not be too bad.