Despite dire warnings of sequesterpocalygeddon, millions awakened yesterday to business as usual. Residents of Austin, Texas, did notice one small change that had nothing to do with budget cuts: the city’s ban on plastic assault bags went into effect March 1, catching many by surprise despite a year-long education campaign.

Enforcement of the ban “will be driven by complaints from the public,” reports “People can call the city’s nonemergency 311 line to report businesses violating the ban.”

If the ban saves just one tree branch, it’ll have been worth it, right? But as with any ban, people are finding workarounds.

Give them plastic or give them death!