Santa Fe, NM Committee Approves Reusable Bag Ordinance

Santa Fe, NM Committee Approves Reusable Bag Ordinance

Santa Fe, NM, May 14, 2013 (PBBR) - The City of Santa Fe's City Business and Quality of Life Committee (CBQL) held its regular meeting today. One of the items on the Agenda: "Review and Possible Action of Single Use Carry-Out Bag Ordinance – Discussion Draft". A subcommittee, the Grocery Bag Task Force, spent a year drafting the ordinance.

According to Kiera Hay, reporter for the Albuquerque Journal, the CBQL approved the draft ordinance. The proposal now goes to the City Council.

The ordinance, if passed by the City Council, will establish a new Article to the Santa Fe City Code. The Article is to be cited as the "Single-Use Plastic and Paper Carryout Bag Ordinance". It will ban the distribution of single-use plastic and paper carryout grocery bags by retail establishments within the City of Santa Fe.

It is interesting to note that the opening section of the ordinance states "grocery bags". However, section 2-D states that the use of single-use bags will be eliminated by all retailers. Section 5(A) states that a retail establishment that sells perishable or non-perishable items including clothing, food and personal items may not provide a single-use bag to a customer.

The ordinance will eliminate single-use bags of any kind, both plastic and paper bags and recommend reusable bags be used by citizens. This is the same kind of ordinance passed by the City of Austin, TX.

See related: Santa Fe, NM Proposes Reusable Bag Ordinance

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