Monday, December 10, 2012

City of Pacifica single-use plastic bag ban ordinance

From the City of Pacifica Plastic Bag Ordinance.  For the full text see Ordinance 1133, adding article 5 of Chapter 6, title 6, city of Pacifica Municipal Code.  
 " ....  WHEREAS, on October 23, 2012 the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved an Environmental  Impact Report (“EIR”) and adopted an ordinance banning single-use carryout bags  from stores, while requiring stores that provide reusable bags to charge customers ten cents ($.10) per bag; and  WHEREAS, County’s ordinance encouraged cities within and neighboring the County to adopt similar ordinances and the County’s EIR specifically analyzed the possibility of  24 cities (18 cities within San Mateo County and 6 cities in Santa Clara County)  adopting the County’s ordinance within their own jurisdictions; and  WHEREAS, the City intends this Ordinance to fall within the scope of the County’s EIR and has therefore modeled this Ordinance on the County’s ordinance.

....    5.503  Implementation Date.  This Chapter shall not be implemented until April 22, 2013.
5.504  Single-use carry-out bag
     A.     No retail establishment shall provide a single-use carry-out bag to a customer, at the check stand, cash register, point of sale or other point of departure for the purpose of transporting food or merchandise out of the establishment except as provided in this section.
     B.     On or before December 31, 2014 a retail establishment may only make recycled paper bags or reusable bags available to customers if the retailer charges a minimum of ten cents.
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     C.     On or after January 1, 2015 a retail establishment may only make recycled paper bags or reusable bags available to customers if the retailer charges a minimum of twenty-five cents.

.... 5.501   Findings and purpose.  The City Council finds and determines that:  (a) the single-use carryout bags by customers at retail establishments is detrimental to the environment, public health and welfare.  (b) The manufacture and distribution of single-use carryout bags requires utilization of natural resources and results in the generation of greenhouse gas emissions. (c) Single-use carryout bags contribute to environmental problems, including litter in storm drains, creeks, the bay and the ocean.  (d) Single-use carryout bags provided by retail establishments impose unseen costs on consumers, local governments, the state and taxpayers and constitute a public nuisance.  

This Council does, accordingly, find and declare that it should restrict the single-use carry-out bags."

Related11/26/12 city council meeting.  And Fix Pacifica plastic bag articles.

Posted by Kathy Meeh


Anonymous said...

Are currently dispensed white plastic bags re-usable? I see nothing in this ordinance that says current plastic bags are by definition one use. In fact I reuse these bags maybe 3-4 times depending on what I am packing around--groceries, kid lunches, camping, gym clothes to work. I guess I could bring white plastic back to store several times as well to shop.

Anonymous said...

I want to know what the grocery store is going to wrap around the drippy raw chicken packages to make sure they don't leak onto my other food, like fresh vegetables, fruits, baked goods? And how are the city council going to protect everything it touches from contamination, if no liquid barrier can be used? This is more dangerous than a few stray bags. And like the previous commenter, I reuse them. Even the chicken drip ones....for kitty litter removal. This is a stupid, useless, inconvenient, dangerous and self-serving ordinance. Meant only to make the ridiculous city council "feel good about themselves". Well I hope they continue to do so, as people get sick from cross contamination, as is bound to happen with reused porous bags. Nice going.

Anonymous said...

ANON1251 Many of us live just to make our council feel good about themselves. It's a fulltime job...who says this council doesn't create jobs? Of course, we're volunteers. Happy to serve these magnificent public servants who sooner, uh well, make that probably later, are going to actually make a smart decision that's good for the people who pay their salaries, benefits and pension. Have faith and lots of lysol to wash those contaminated surfaces.