• Plastic Bag Ban Starts March 1 in Pacific Grove

    The long-awaited/much debated ban on plastic bags in retail establishments in Pacific Grove will go into effect on March 1, 2015. The ban:

    • Applies to all retail stores starting on 3/1/2015

    • Does not apply to restaurants

    • Prohibits all single-use plastic carry out bags

    • Requires a 10¢ minimum charge on all compliant carry out bags

    • Charge must be indicated on customer transaction receipt and is not taxable

    • Allows stores keep the charge

    Compliant carry out bags include paper bags labeled with a 40 percent post-consumer recycled content and reusable carryout bags designed to last through at east 125 uses and are cleanable. Bags which are subject to a 10-cent charge are all single-use paper carry out bags.

    The solution: Bring your own bag. Or don’t use a bag at all if you’re only buying one or a few items that can be easily carried.

    The new ordinance does not apply to bags used for:

    • Loose bulk items such as produce, nuts, grains, candy, meat, fish, or small hardware such as screws and nails.

    • Protection of goods or to protect against contamination of other goods in the same bag such as a bag used to protect bottles, wet items, and greeting cards.

    • Pharmacy bags used to contain prescription drugs.

    • The 10-cent charge also does not apply to EBT, WIC, CalFresh, or other government-subsidized purchase programs.

    The bag ordinance is designed to reduce the impact by plastic bags on the city and the environment. In surveys, a 10-cent per carry out bag fee has been shown to reduce the number of disposable bags used by 70 to 90 percent. The contamination of recycling and composting programs will be lowered and the deadly impact of swallowed plastic bags on sea life will be lessened.

    The City of Monterey was the first in the area to ban bags back in 2011. Marina’s bag ban begins March 19 and a ban in the unincorporated county goes into effect March 27. A statewide band, which spurred Pacific Grove’s City Council to action, has been put on hold by lawsuits and may face areferendum in November, 2016.

     

     

     

    posted to Cedar Street Times on February 9, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News, Green

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