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San Mateo County Reusable Bag Ordinance Final EIR

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EIR Required for Bag Ordinance
Menlo Park, California, Sept. 7, 2012 (PBBR) – San Mateo County, California has been considering regulating disposable single-use bags for several months. The County has partnered with Menlo Park and several other municipalities to produce an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). See a complete listing of all cities participating with San Mateo County. Six of the cities are located in nearby Santa Clara county.

San Mateo County has now released the Reusable Bag Ordinance Final EIR. The EIR can be viewed at http://www.menlopark.org/departments/env/Dep_env_bag_policy.html or a hard copy is available at 701 Laurel Street at the Administration Building’s front desk.

The ordinance would prohibit single-use plastic carry-out bags at all retail establishments and mandate a minimum charge of ten cents for every recycled paper bag or reusable bag provided by the retailer at checkout. Customers could avoid the charges by bringing their own reusable bag with them.

Meetings Planned
The San Mateo County Planning Commission will hold a meeting on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 9am in the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers located at 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063 to provide feedback on the proposed ordinance before it is considered by the County Board of Supervisors. Written comments on the Final EIR will be accepted until September 10th and at the Planning Commission Meeting on September 12th.

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors is tentatively scheduled to meet in October to certify the Final EIR and make their final decision on whether to adopt the Reusable Bag Ordinance. If approved by the County Board of Supervisors, Menlo Park City Council will consider adopting the ordinance in January 2013.

More information may be obtained by contacting the County’s Environmental Health Services at (650) 372-6200 or envhealth@smcgov.org with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Cover photo: Aerial view of the Linda Mar and Pedro Valley areas of Pacifica, California, USA. The Shelter Cove area is visible at top right. View is to the west out over the Pacific Ocean. Courtesy: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Pacifica, located in San Mateo County, is a participating city with the county in considering the Reusable Bag Ordinance.

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