Municipalities Looking at Bag Ban Legislation

Posted by — October 10, 2011 9:32 am

Soon To Be A Scene From The Past

The number of cities and counties which are now contemplating bans on single-use plastic grocery bags is encouraging.  Here are some of the latest:

Hailey, Idaho – What started out as a grassroots movement by high school students from Wood River High School, is now a proposed ordinance on the Hailey, Idaho ballot and will be available for vote by the citizens of Hailey on the November ballot.  The proposed ordinance will eliminate plastic bags from retail establishments.  While there is widespread support for the ban, there are also supporters of plastic bags.  Hilex Poly has a plastic bag manufacturing plant, right up the road in the town of Jerome.

Pasadena, CA.    Members of the Pasadena City Council voted unanimously that an ordinance be drafted for a full City Council vote in December 2011.  The ordinance would ban plastic bags from grocery and convenience stores and also charge 10 cents for paper bags.  Councilwoman Margaret McAustin said that the planned ordinance has been in the works for four years.  Like many other smaller cities and towns in California, officials in Pasadena had been awaiting the results of the California Supreme Court decision on Manhattan beach, before proceding with definitive action against plastic bags.

Laguna Beach, CA –  Again, a unanimous vote by a City Council to draft an ordinance to ban plastic bags from large retail establishments.  Again, widespread support.  And yes, again, the Laguna Beach City Council decided to take action after the successful defense of the Manhattan Beach municipal government against the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition litigation in the California Supreme Court.

The City of Los Angeles, CA.  While plastic bags have already been banned from unincorporated Los Angeles County, the Los Angeles City Council is now contemplating similar action within the city limits.  On Wednesday, October 12 at 9:30am, the Board Of Public Works will contemplate the drafting of an ordinance.  If you’re in the area, stop by 200 North Spring Street in L.A. and lend your support!

We’ve only highlighted four of many municipalities that are now in the process of considering some type of bans on plastic bags.  We support all of these agencies and we support all of YOU who show their support for a cleaner, healthier environment!

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