Desert Hot Springs, California, March 31, 2014 (PBBR) - On March 18, Desert Hot Springs banned plastic bags in a move being seen more often by inland, non-coastal cities in California. The City Council of Desert Hot Springs adopted an ordinance that prohibits merchants from providing single-use carryout plastic bags to any customer.
The law is effective at all retailers within the city, excluding restaurants. The legislation mandates a ten cents charge for any recyclable paper bag required by customers. Businesses will keep the ten cents recyclable bag fee. No part of the charge will be remitted to city coffers.
The ordinance is requiring that retailers keep records of all recyclable paper bag transactions and make the records available for the City Manager's review upon request. The City wants to know how many recycled paper bags are provided and the total amount of monies collected for recyclable paper bags.
The operative date of the ordinance is six months from the effective date for stores with 10,000 square feet of retail space and one year for stores with less than 10,000 square feet of space.
Desert Hot Springs is in Riverside County which is part of the Coachella Valley Region of California. Famous for it's hot mineral springs spas, the city of 25,000 people is only 11 miles north of Palm Springs, which just recently adopted a plastic bag ordinance.
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