Walnut Creek, California, March 4, 2014 (PBBR) - Walnut Creek joined a long line of other California cities tonight in passing an ordinance banning retailers from providing single-use plastic bags at checkout to customers. City Council voted 4-1 to adopt the ordinance. 65,000 more citizens now live in a plastic bag-free zone.
The ordinance regulates single-use carryout bags in the City of Walnut Creek by eliminating plastic bags and placing a fee of ten cents for each recyclable paper bag if a customer requests a bag. The ordinance also sets standards for 'recyclable paper bag'.
The ordinance applies to all retailers. The California Grocers Association had endorsed the ordinance.
There was a lengthy discussion among Council about the issue of restaurants providing plastic bags for take-out food and leftovers. In the initial proposed ordinance restaurants were exempt.
The final decision includes restaurants but will allow an extra three months for implementation. (I have a simple solution to this problem which I will discuss at a later date.)
Learn more at the city of Walnut Creek website.
Cover photo: Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA. Licensed by Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)