plastic-bagPaper or plastic? A ban or a fee? Sonoma County residents are invited to comment on new single-use shopping bag policy options in a series of public meetings this week and next.

scwma logoAccording to the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency, approximately 300 million plastic and paper bags are used by county residents every year. The great majority of those are plastic, but only a tiny fraction get recycled. And even when consumers try to recycled them, says "Green Mary" Munat, that isn't necessarily what happens.

reusablesUnlike plastics, paper bags are made from a renewable resources. But Munat says it turns out that paper bags carry a high environmental cost, too.

So if using both paper and plastic bags is discouraged, what's left? Some tried and true—and ultimately less expensive—methods of carrying things

The Sonoma County Waste Management Agency wants your feedback on what is to be done about paper and plastic carryout bags. To hear from as many businesses and citizens as possible, the SCWMA is hosting nine public meetings to present what actions are under consideration and to receive feedback. Interested parties are welcome to attend any or all of these meetings. They all start at 6 pm.

• March 12 – Petaluma Veterans Memorial, 1094 Petaluma Blvd S., Petaluma
• March 13 – Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial, 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa
• March 14 – Sonoma Veterans Memorial, 126 First Street West, Sonoma
• March 19 – Cotati Veterans Memorial, 8505 Park Avenue, Cotati
• March 20 – Cloverdale Veterans Memorial, 205 West First Street Cloverdale
• March 22 – Windsor Community Center, Elsbree Hall, 901 Adele Drive, Windsor
• March 23 – Rohnert Park Community Center, 5401 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park
• March 26 – Villa Chanticleer Annex, 1248 N. Fitch Mountain Road, Healdsburg
• March 27 – Sebastopol Masonic Center, 373 N. Main Street, Sebastopol




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