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Council to hear presentation on plastic bag ban bill

By From page A4 | April 20, 2014

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.

Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.

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  • 2realApril 20, 2014 - 7:07 am

    What happened america? Freedom is slowly goin out the window. Who in their right mind is spending all this money on a damn plastic bag ban? Isnt there more important things we can ban?

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  • The MisterApril 20, 2014 - 8:52 am

    Tyranny takes the form of local governments.

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  • mescApril 20, 2014 - 10:00 am

    Save a Tree, use plastic bags! Oh Wait ... now it is .. Plastic Bags - Bad. Paper Bags - Bad. Hummm.. well Let's find a way to Tax People More - GOOD !!!! Yeah the political way is alive and well.

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  • MarkApril 20, 2014 - 10:02 pm

    Paper bags were bad, so plastic was brought in. Now plastic is bad also. So we're supposed to use reusable bags, except studies have shown that people don't wash them and they end up harboring all sorts of nasties. So they'll be banned next and we can carry out purchases out to the car a few at a time. Or maybe we should just start ordering everything we can from the internet (you can buy non-perishable food online) and let all the brick and mortar stores fail and then the officials can sit there scratching their hiney wondering what went wrong.

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