VACAVILLE — Council members will discuss Tuesday the drafting of a model ordinance paralleling the plastic bag ban that’s wending its way through the state Legislature.
The agenda item is based upon a March 13 meeting of the City County Coordinating Council – made up of Solano city mayors and the county Board of Supervisors – in which those in attendance heard a presentation by the Solano County Resource Management Office concerning the single-use plastic bag ban proposal in the Legislature.
After the meeting, members directed County Integrated Waste Management staff to work with local jurisdictions to develop proposals to regulate single-use plastic bags and the formulation of a model ordinance for each city.
Among items to be determined for Vacaville is how the ordinance would be administered, monitored and enforced. Any local ordinance adopted before Sept. 1 will be grandfathered in under the new statewide law, should it pass.
If passed,the statewide law will take effect in 2015 for grocery and drug stores, and in 2016 for smaller grocery and convenience stores. In addition to the ban, the bill would create a mandatory minimum 10-cent fee for recycled paper, reusable plastic and compostable bags.
According to county reports, there are 72 varied local ordinances already in place in California that govern single-use plastic bags and who can distribute them and under what circumstances. The reports note that the singe consistent item throughout the ordinances is that businesses are allowed to sell paper or reusable plastic bags to the customer for a price between 5 cents and 25 cents. Profits stay with the business to pay for the cost of the bags.
Open session of the City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. at 650 Main St. A meeting agenda can be found on the city’s website, www.ci.vacaville.ca.us.
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