Marin County Passes Bag Ban

Posted by — January 25, 2011 9:55 pm

The Marin County Board of Supervisors has just unanimously approved the Ordinance regulating retail establishments of the use of single-use carry-out bags.

The ordinance affects the unincorporated regions of Marin County and will become effective January 1, 2012. Retail stores will no longer utilize single-use plastic bags and will impose a five cent fee on reusable paper bags. Exempt from the ban will be customers who participate in the California Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children and/or those participating in the Supplemental Food Program.

Objections raised by Plastic Bag Manufacturers were eventually ruled inconsequential by Marin Counsel. However, during the Open Remarks session, an attorney from Save The Plastic Bag announced they would be filing suit and would fight to the “Supreme Court, if necessary.”

The Board of Supervisors thanked Green Sangha, Sierra Club, Californians Against Waste, Teens Turning Green, Save The Bay, and Surfrider Foundation, among the many groups and the thousands of individuals who were instrumental in getting this ordinance passed.

Among the speakers who appeared before the Supervisors to voice their support, was Supervisor Greg Brockbank of San Rafael who announced their city would be pursuing a single-use bag ban on April 8, 2011.

One-by-one, town-by-town, city-by-city, eventually state-by-state, those of us who are concerned for the future of our planet and the legacy we leave for the generations in front of us, will prevail.

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