Public comment is invited at a 10:30 a.m. workshop Wednesday, Oct. 19, at City Hall over the city’s proposed ordinance banning the distribution of plastic carry-out bags to customers.
Comments from owners or managers of local retail and eating establishments in particular are sought. The proposed ordinance would also apply to city-sponsored events or events held on city property, such as the Farmer’s Market.
The proposed ordinance would require that only recycled paper or reusable carry-out bags could be distributed to customers at the point of purchase. The ordinance would not extend to the distribution of plastic produce bags or product bags provided by the retailer exclusively to carry produce, meats or products to the point of purchase or to prevent food items from coming into direct contact with other purchased items.
The proposed ordinance requires that the retailer charge a fee for each paper bag distributed to customers. The fee would be collected and used exclusively by the retailer to implement the reusable and recycled paper carry-out bag program. Carry-out paper bags would be required to be 100% recyclable and contain at least 40% post-consumer recycled content.
An agenda will be available at www.clbwq.net prior to the workshop. For additional information or questions, please call the City at (949) 497-0390.