Salinas Closer to Plastic Bag Ban
On Tuesday, Monterey County’s largest city moved toward prohibiting single-use plastic bags, following the county’s lead. The Salinas City Council made it very clear that it approved of a plastic bag ban during their first reading of a new city ordinance that would do just that. Most of the city council members praised the proposed ban as a good step toward helping the environment.
In the proposed draft ordinance, it would prohibit single-use plastic bags in grocery and retail stores and farmers markets. The ordinance would also require retailers to charge a 10-cent fee for recycled paper and reusable bags, which they in turn would keep. Stores would be given a 6-month grace period to use up inventory of their plastic bags and adjust to the change. Wholesale produce packing and shipping companies as well as restaurants would be exempt.
Several area cities, including Monterey and Carmel, already have enacted plastic bag bans or are considering them. That also includes Gonzales, Marina, Pacific Grove, Soledad, Seaside, Greenfield and King City.