April 17, 2014

Scotts Valley Decides to Keep Plastic Bags....For Now

Plastic bag found at Carbonera Creek in Scotts Valley.  Photo by Haig White
Scotts Valley City Council held their regular meeting last night, April 16th.  One of the first agenda items was the potential plastic bag ban for the city.  Scott Valley is the only jurisdiction in Santa Cruz County that does not have a ban on plastic bags.

The council decided to wait for the State Legislators to move forward with the state-wide plastic bag ban, SB 270.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reporter Calvin Men, reported on the meeting:

"The Scotts Valley City Council opted not to adopt the ordinance Wednesday night, citing pending state legislation that would ban plastic bags to an extent.

Though Councilwoman Stephany Aguilar made a motion that would have started the process, it failed to gain support from other members of the council.

The proposed ordinance considered several options, including whether to charge a fee for paper bags if plastic bags are banned or continuing to use plastic bags. Another option, modeled after a proposed state legislation, would ban plastic bags at retailers with gross annual sales of $2 million or more or with 10,000 square feet.

The decision came after hearing from dozens San Lorenzo Valley residents and environmental organizations who gave varying opinions on the matter. Some advocated for the ban of the plastic bags and a fee on paper bags to encourage residents to get into the habit of using reusable bags."

Read the full story here

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