Goodbye plastic bags
Published: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 11:57 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 11:57 a.m.
Sonoma County supervisors Tuesday moved forward with a countywide ban on plastic bags now given out at grocery stores.
The ban would apply to grocery stores but not restaurants or bags used for meat and vegetables. The ordinance, which is still being fine-tuned to address questions about enforcement mechanisms and authority, would also levy a 10-cent charge on paper bags. That money would be collected by and go to the grocers.
The ban has been studied off and on since 2008. Supervisors and environmental advocates on Tuesday said it was time to advance it.
“The time has come,” said Supervisor Mike McGuire. “We've discussed this for the better part of half a decade now.”
With the supervisors' action, the board of the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency can begin the process of finalizing a draft of the ordinance and reviewing proposals to conduct the environmental review necessary before the ordinance is put into place.
The ban would not take effect until the summer of 2013.
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