March 5, 2012 - At a regular meeting of the City Council, held on February 14, 2012, the City of Millbrae passed and adopted the Single-Use Carryout Bag Regulations ordinance. Ordinance No. 742 was passed unanimously by all five members of the Council.
The ordinance was added to the Millbrae Municpal Code and legislates three items:
1. Prohibits the distribution of single-use carryout bags
2. Prohibits the free distribution of recycled-content paper bags by retail establishments
3. Designates a Code Enforcement Officer/Community Preservation Specialist
Starting September 1st, 2012, the ordinance is in effect for all retailers except dry cleaners, non-profits, and restaurants. The legislation states that no retailer may provide a single-use carryout bag to any customer. Retailers may provide a recycled-content paper bag for a minimum charge of ten cents. A reusable bag may also be provided for a per-bag charge.
Effectively, the ordinance eliminates single-use plastic carryout bags altogether. The recycled-content paper bags must meet stringent requirements established by the legislation. Reusable bags can be made of plastic if they are:
1. Washable, or capable of being cleaned and disinfected
2. At least 2.25 mils thick
3. Made of recyclable plastic such as polyethylene or polypropylene.
The City of Millbrae is located in San Mateo County, just west of San Francisco Bay and adjacent to the San Francisco International Airport. Millbrae is between San Francisco and San Jose, both of which have plastic bag bans in place. The city has a population of just over 21,000 people.(1)
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