Bring Your Bag

Reimagine clean desert-scapes and a city free of plastic clutter. Reimagine the possibilities of our community doing their part and helping to protect our health and the environment in Las Cruces.

Plastics are harmful to our environment and contribute to polluting our land, air, and food. The City of Las Cruces is committed to reducing single-use plastics, starting in January 2022 plastic bags will not be available at most retailers. Without a reusable bag, retailers will be collecting ten cents for single-use paper bags. You can help to do your part by bringing a usable bag on your next shopping trip! Not only will you be helping to save our environment, but also money!

Let's commit to a Greener, Cleaner, Cruces!


  • On average, a plastic bag is only used for a total of 12 minutes.
  • An average person ingests about a credit card's worth of plastic each week.
  • Littered bags eaten by wildlife block their digestive system.

Why a Plastic Bag Ordinance?

Most plastic, single-use carry-out bags are harmful to both the environment and humans. Often these bags do not biodegrade and remain in the environment for years. It also contributes to the growing problem of litter and pollution, impacting the city's tourism and aesthetics.

Who is Impacted?

All retail establishments in the City of Las Cruces. At this time, restaurants and nonprofit organizations will not be impacted at this time.

What Bags Are Still Allowed?

Laundry dry cleaning bags, door-hanger bags, newspaper bags, bags intended for waste, bags provided by pharmacists or veterinarians to contain medical items, bags used by consumers in retail establishments to contain bulk items or contain/wrap frozen foods, meat, or fish.