Seattle says bye to plastic bags
The Seattle City Council voted Monday to ban single-use plastic bags from groceries and other retail stores, joining a growing trend among cities that embrace green values. The ordinance, which takes effect in July, includes a provision to charge a nickel fee for the use of paper bags, to encourage people to bring their bags when they shop. The ban is expected to reduce pollution, free up landfill space and improve the environment. Cities as Mukilteo, Edmonds, Bellingham and Portland also have banned plastic bags.
Mexico City will shut vast dump
Mexico City will close one of the world's largest garbage dumps, the Bordo Poniente, by Dec. 31 and will instead turn the garbage collected from millions of people into reusable materials and energy, Mayor Marcelo Ebrard announced Monday. The city that once dumped 12,600 tons of garbage daily already has cut the amount in half this year through recycling and composting, an official said. Built in 1985, Bordo Poniente has taken in more than 76 million tons of trash.
JFK hearse to be sold at auction
An auction house specializing in collectible classic cars plans to auction the hearse used to carry the body of President John F. Kennedy from a Dallas hospital to Air Force One. Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. of Scottsdale, Ariz., said Monday that the 1964 Cadillac hearse will be auctioned Jan. 21. O'Neal Funeral Home of Dallas used the hearse to bring a casket to the hospital on Nov. 22, 1963, then carried the casket containing his body to Love Field. This year, Barrett-Jackson auctioned the ambulance used to carry the body from Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base to the Bethesda Naval Hospital.