City Council Makes Plastic Bag Ban Official

However, the ban will go into effect much later than the originally planned date of April 25.


At Monday night's City Council meeting, Redwood City's reusable bag ordinance was unanimously approved.

This was the "second reading" of the ordinance, and followed the introduction of the ordinance, which took place at the meeting on March 11.

The ordinance bans distribution of single-use carryout plastic bags by all retailers except restaurants and nonprofit organizations, and does not include protective bags used for produce or meat, dry-cleaning, and newspapers, among other exemptions.

As is common, the ordinance also requires retailers to charge a minimum of 10 cents per paper bag for shoppers who require a bag - and could go up to as much as 25¢ per bag in 2015.

According to a statement the City of Redwood City sent out Tuesday, enforcement of the ordiance will be complaint-based, and will be conducted by San Mateo County.

More details are available on the City's reusable bag ordinance information page.

While technically the ordinance becomes effective 30 days from approval, the City amended that recently, and decided to make the actual implementation and enforcement effective on Oct. 1, 2013.

"This is to provide an ample transition period for affected retailers, and to use up existing stock of the single-use carryout plastic bags that will no longer be distributed as of October 1," the City's statement read.

Are you happy to say goodbye to plastic bags in Redwood City? Tell us in the comments below.

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FactoryDIrectPromos March 27, 2013 at 05:24 PM
We applaud the city council's efforts to protect the environment and their community through the use of reusable bags. They join the ranks of municipalities throughout the world whose stories are highlighted on our interactive worldwide bag ban map http://www.factorydirectpromos.com/plastic-bag-bans . Congratulations! Shane Shirley-Smith FactoryDirectPromos.com CMO
Roslyn Raney March 27, 2013 at 05:32 PM
I am not happy to see the end of plastic bags. I find ways to reuse them around the house for which the paper bags simply won't do.
Michael Craig March 27, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Green Police at it again! Every elderly dog owner on a fixed income will now have to buy plastic bags to throw away their dogs feces. Instead of penalizing people who re-use and recycle plastic bags-why not up the fine for litterers? Merchants now have to charge for bags that were free. Does anyone think that maybe some shoppers will go to the next town where the Green Police have not banned bags? I know I will.
Don Armstrong March 27, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Did anyone consider the bateria brought into retail store by customer's own bags? I doubt that this was even considered. Plastic bags are clean and can be reused for many home uses! What is next for California? Ban canvas bags, paper bags, Will there be a limit some day on how many bags are deemed PC correct by the Green environmental lobby and propoents? It is tragic for California...at a time when the nation and particularily California need more jobs. Consider how many people will lose their much needed employment and companies will go out of business because of this long range effects of this plastic bag ban? What is next? Ban on paper bags? Zip lock bags? Wax paper? Tin foil? Then shopping carts? The list is endless for these well intentioned, but narrow minded in considering the consequences of their actions in their Green enviornmental cause! I recall when paper bags were banned in San Francisco. And the enviornmentalists were touting plastic bags as the alternative. Who knows what is next on their agenda? Michael let me know when you're shopping next at a town still with a free enterprise system intact! We can car pool and share our "metal" bag!
Rob Batterton April 23, 2013 at 02:39 AM
This is one of the stupidest things I've ever heard of. I will begin trying to outsource all my shopping to Woodside, or any other place that rejects this idiocy. THIS is what our government needs to be doing? telling us what kind of bag to shop with? what kind of light bulb we should use? how much to Flush? I'm sick of these busybodies doing everything EXCEPT that which they are elected to do. Further, I intend to do my best to fund opposition candidates.


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