Sacramento Moves Forward On Plastic Bag Proposal
According to the Sacramento Bee, yesterday a Sacramento City Council committee moved forward with drafting an ordinance to ban single-use, checkout bags at large grocery stores in the city. City staff was directed to begin working on the ordinance, which will then return to the committee before a vote by the City Council. This process will most likely take until June.
The ordinance would also call for a 5-cent or 10-cent charge on paper shopping bags. That revenue would go to the stores, not to the city. According to the majority of Council Members, they would rather see a ban that applies to large grocery stores, as well as department stores and chain pharmacies that sell groceries, such as Target and CVS. The smaller stores would be exempt from the ban.
According to Nathan Weaver, and oceans advocate with Environment California, “Nothing we use for a few minutes should pollute our oceans for a hundred years.”
Councilmen Steve Cohn and Kevin McCarty have advocated for the ban, and Cohn said he and others would like to see a statewide ban on plastic bags. “Hopefully, us taking this up will help motivate the Legislature,” Cohn said. “Frankly, I think there is a leadership role here for the city to play,” Cohn said. “I think it’s time for Sacramento to do this.”