Single Use Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance


The proposed amendment to the PMC will prohibit the distribution of single-use plastic carryout bags and establish a charge for the specified single-use paper carryout bags at drug stores, pharmacies, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience food stores, food marts, liquor stores, farmer markets, City sponsored events, events at City facilities, and any event held on City property. The intent of the amendment is to reduce consumer use of single-use carryout bags and accelerate a shift towards reusable bags by banning plastic carryout bags and placing a charge on paper carryout bags. The proposed amendment supports the City’s adopted Green City Action Plan goals of reducing landfill waste, reducing the use of disposable product category, protecting the watershed, conserving energy and natural resources, and helping to promote a clean and sustainable environment.