Last June 2013, following a series of informational meetings with local businesses and residents, the City Council introduced an ordinance regulating the distribution of single-use, carryout bags and requiring a charge for paper bags. The new ordinance is now effective, as of January 27, 2014.
- Exempts restaurants, fast-food places, and nonprofit charitable reuse organizations, such as Goodwill
- Bans single-use, carryout bags
- Allows recycled-content paper carryout bags or reusable carryout bags for a minimum charge of 10 cents per bag (increases to 25 cents January 1, 2015)
- Reusable carryout bag means either a bag made of cloth or other machine-washable fabric that has handles, or a durable bag with handles that is at least 2.25 millimeters thick and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse
- Exempts gift bags
- Exempts customers enrolled in the State's supplemental food stamps programs
- Allows retailers to provide protective bags for produce, meat, prescriptions, live fish, greeting cards, or garment bags (dry cleaning, clothing) at no charge
- Retailers keep the 10 cents from the sale of the bag
- Retailers must itemize the purchase of any recycled paper or reusable bag on sales receipt Retailers must keep records at the store for three years and make available upon request by the City.
City Staff developed an outreach program to local retailers to assist with implementation of the ordinance and advisory information to local residents.
June 18, 2013 Council Meeting Minutes