Friday, September 18, 2009
Recycle How To: "Laguna Beach city council voted unanimously yesterday to move ahead with its process to ban plastic bags. The council will hear an ordinance to ban plastic bags as soon as an environmental review is completed."
Committee summary of proposed ordinance:
Prohibit the distribution of single-use, plastic carryout bags from all retail establishments, except as used for take-out food to be eaten off the premises.
Prohibit the distribution of single-use, plastic carryout bags from city facilities, concessions and events.
Establish progressive enforcement procedures:
1. First violation, written warning;
2. Second violation, $100 administrative citation;
3. Third violation, $200 administrative citation;
4. Ongoing violations, $550 each.
Provide hardship exceptions.
Require that grocery stores and pharmacies provide customers with only reusable or paper bags, which would have to be 100% recycled material with a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content.
Require that grocery stores and pharmacies providing paper carryout bags must charge a “green fee” and indicate on the transaction receipt the number of paper bags provided and the amount of green fee charged to the customer.