VACAVILLE — A plan to discontinue plastic bag use in local retail will make yet another pass next week before the Vacaville City Council.
Council members will hear a presentation from the Solano County Resource Management Office concerning the single-use plastic bag ban proposal in the Legislature.
The same presentation was given March 13 to the City-County Coordinating Council – made up of Solano city mayors and the county Board of Supervisors. After that meeting, members directed County Integrated Waste Management staff to work with local jurisdictions to develop proposals to create a local draft ordinance.
This edict was brought to the City Council on March 25. Council members voiced numerous concerns, such as the amount of staff time to begin a draft model ordinance, the lack of supporting data and the effects on local stakeholders if a plastic bag ban were to be enacted. Council members also wanted to hear the presentation for themselves before moving forward.
The measure running through the state Legislature, Senate Bill 270, is sponsored by Sens. Alex Padilla, D-Van Nuys, Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, and Ricardo Lara, D-Long Beach. It calls for a single-use plastic bag ban beginning in 2015 for grocery stores and drugstores. Smaller grocery stores and convenience stores would be expected to comply in 2016. It would also create a mandatory 10-cent fee for recyclable paper, reusable plastic and compostable bags.
According to staff reports, it’s being recommended that the city wait to find out what happens with this bill before directing staff to join in the development of a model countywide ordinance. The bill’s fate should be known by the end of June.
The council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the City Hall council chamber, 650 Merchant St.
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