plastic-bag-suitThe Santa Rosa City Council reviewed a proposed county-wide ban on plastic bags this week. By and large they're for it. But the ordinance is still months away from adoption. 

About 50 cities in California have passed plastic bag bans. Similar laws exist around the nation and the world. The Sonoma County Waste Management Joint Powers Authority modeled their draft on San Jose’s ordinance. Grocery stores will still carry plastic bags for produce, meat and pharmacy items. At checkout they’ll sell partially recycled paper bags for 10 cents a piece for the first year, 25 cents a piece later.

bag-waterAs it stands, the ordinance could be adopted countywide or piecemeal. A patchy approach could mean slightly different laws in different parts of the county. The greatest support, so far, from stores, the JPA and Santa Rosa City Council is for county wide adoption. But Patrick Carter explains it will still take some time to get everyone aligned so the measure can move forward.

For stores, banning plastic bag will require some adjustments, says Tim James of the California Grocers Association.

Wondering if plastic bag bans are truly environmentally friendly? Green Cities California and the City of San Jose have published extensive reports.


 Images: 1) City Hall, Los Angles, Heal The Bay/Flickr; 2) Garrettc/Flickr.

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