Walnut Creek Seeks to Prohibit Single-Use Bags

Walnut Creek Seeks to Prohibit Single-Use Bags

Walnut Creek, California. February 12, 2014 (PBBR) - The city of Walnut Creek, located in the San Francisco Bay area, is considering banning single-use bags, both plastic and regular paper bags.

On the front page of the city's website, citizens are asked to share their thoughts about the ordinance by taking an online survey. Two public meetings were held during the past two weeks for citizen input.

The ordinance, if passed, would affect all retailers, not just grocery stores. The legislation would prohibit plastic bags and allow only recycled paper bags. Each recycled paper bag would cost the customer ten cents, which would rise to 15 cents next year and 25 cents the following year. The retailer would keep all fees.

For more information, visit the city of Walnut Creek's website.

Cover photo: The stairwell of the Walnut Creek Library features the permanent installation, "Journey of a Bottle" by Marta Thoma Hall. Author: Utilizer. Licensed by Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)