A Texas Appeals Court has tossed out a local ordinance in Laredo that banned the use of single-use plastic bags.  The ordinance, one of many similar local fiats throughout Texas and across the country, was overturned ostensibly because of a Texas statute that prohibits local governments from restricting the sale or use of certain containers or packages for purposes of solid waste management, a responsibility reserved unto the state.  The city argued that its bag ban was instituted for the “prevention of litter”, and not for solid waste management purposes, but the court rejected that contention.