August 27, 2010 by Post Team
Written by Santa Monica Assembly member Julia Brownley, the one-time Reduction Act Bag (AB 1998) would prohibit the distribution of plastic bags for single use, which has already been approved by the state Assembly and is expected to be voted on by the Senate before the end of the month.
If the state does not impose a ban, the City of Santa Monica is scheduled to consider a proposed ordinance on October 12 to ban all retail establishments within the city limits to provide single-use plastic carry out bags to customers.
It would also create a Green Fee for each paper bag distributed by grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies in the city. The ban, however, exempts restaurants from the ban, allowing them to provide plastic bags for takeout.
“The City Council has given clear direction on this issue,” said Dean Kubani, director of the Office of the City of Sustainability and Environment. “They are concerned about the impact on our neighborhoods, beaches and oceans away, and the costs of disposing of plastic waste.”
The ordinance aims to reduce significantly the environmental impacts of single-use plastic and paper bags to make and promote a major shift towards reusable bags, according to city officials.
City staff intends to complete a report on the proposed ordinance and recommend a level for the Green Fee in mid-September.
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