Menlo Park to Hold Bag Ban Info Meeting

Menlo Park to Hold Bag Ban Info Meeting

Menlo Park, CA, Oct. 11, 2012 - The City of Menlo Park, California, located in San Mateo County, is considering adopting San Mateo County's Reusable Bag Ordinance if approved by the County. Twenty-three other cities are also considering the ordinance.

If approved, the ordinance would prohibit retailers from distributing plastic carry-out bags and mandate a minimum charge of ten cents for every recycled paper bag or reusable bag provided by retailers at checkout. Retailers would keep all revenue received from the sale of carry-out bags, and customers can avoid additional charges by bringing their own reusable bags for shopping.

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will make their decision on Oct. 23rd.

If approved by the Board of Supervisors, the ordinance can then be approved by participating cities. Menlo Park City Council will consider the ordinance in January 2013, and if adopted, the ordinance is proposed to take effect on April 22, 2013 – Earth Day.

An informational meeting about the ordinance will be held next Wednesday in Menlo Park. The public and business owners are welcome to attend the following meetings below to participate in the process.

The City of Menlo Park will hold an informational meeting on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 6:30pm at the Recreation Center (Cypress Room) located at 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park, CA 94025.

San Mateo County will hold two free screenings of the movie "Bag It" on Oct. 16 and Oct. 18.

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will hold their meeting to decide on the Reusable Bag Ordinance on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:00am in the Board Chambers located at 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063.

Cover photo: Pigeon Point Light Station, San Mateo, California. Credit: Dawn Endico. Licensed by Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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