County supervisors will consider a reusable bag ordinance on March 22, 2016

County supervisors will consider a reusable bag ordinance on March 22, 2016

plastic bag in treeUpdate:  The Board of Supervisors will consider a reusable bag ordinance on March 22. Please write your Supervisor and let them know you don't want hundreds of thousands of your taxpayer dollars used every year to clean-up derelict single-use plastic bags from our American River Parkway, from school playgrounds, in suburban streets or from our waterways.

Read "It's time to move on a countywide plastic bag ban," The Sacramento Bee Editorials, March 10, 2016

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The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will hold a workshop about the merits of adopting a reusable plastic bag ordinance in unincorporated Sacramento County.

When: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

Where: 700 H Street, Suite 1450, Sacramento

County staff will present information about a draft reusable bag policy to the Board at its March 22, 2016 meeting with a proposed effective date of July 1, 2016.

Plastic bags have become an increasingly significant environmental problem throughout the United States. California retailers distribute approximately 19 billion single-use plastic bags every year, and it is estimated that less than five percent of these bags are recycled. According to Californians Against Waste, in the unincorporated County, 16.4 million bags are distributed each month, with many finding their way to areas around landfills and transfer stations, pasture lands, rivers, and other sensitive natural environments such as the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Approximately 150 jurisdictions in California have already adopted reusable bag ordinances. The City of Sacramento’s Reusable Bag Ordinance went into effect on January 1, 2016.

Read Sacramento Bee story: Sacramento County to consider banning plastic bags.

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