San Luis Obispo County Votes for Bag Ban!

Posted by — January 11, 2012 9:18 pm

The Bag Monster makes an appearance in front of the SLO Waste Management Authority. Photo courtesy of Surfrider.

Congratulations to the forward-thinking San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority for voting to do away with single-use plastic bags throughout the county!

In a meeting today, the board members voted 8 to 5 for the ban on plastic bags, and a 10 cent charge for paper bags.  The ban will go into effect on October 1, 2012.  According to  KSBY, the board took its vote after three and a half hours of public testimony and an hour of comments from each member.  The hearing occasionally grew emotional as the proposal’s advocates and critics spoke to the board.

It is also reported that the group “Save the Plastic Bag” has claimed it will file a lawsuit against the county within thirty days to overturn the vote that required a super-majority of the 13 member Waste Management Authority.  Save the Plastic Bag has filed similar suits against cities and municipalities throughout California that have passed plastic bag legislation.  Recently, the California Supreme Court ruled against the group in a lawsuit filed against the City of Manhattan Beach, allowing the city to move ahead with its plans for a ban against single-use plastic bags.

Once again, CONGRATS to San Luis Obispo County and to all those who worked tirelessly to achieve one of the very first countywide plastic bag bans in the country!
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