Issaquah forum to focus on proposed plastic bag ban

March 27, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 4 p.m. March 27, 2012

Citizens can learn more about a proposed plastic bag ban at a forum Thursday.

The public forum includes the lead backer of the plastic bag legislation, Councilman Mark Mullet, and Robb Krehbiel, a program associate from the nonprofit organization Environment Washington. The forum is meant to educate participants about the impact of discarded plastic bags on Puget Sound wildlife.

The forum runs from 5-6 p.m. at Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop, 1011 N.E. High St., No. 103. (Mullet is the proprietor of the ice cream shop and Zeeks Pizza.)

Issaquah could join Bellingham, Edmonds, Mukilteo and Seattle to ban plastic bags at local retailers — a step designed to limit garbage headed for the King County landfill and reduce pollution in Puget Sound.

Issaquah council members could decide April 2 to vote on the measure or continue the discussion at a later meeting.

In addition to limiting most plastic bags, the legislation requires retail stores to collect 5 cents for each paper bag provided to customers. The fee is meant to help retailers offset the cost.

Under the proposal, plastic bags remain allowable for bakery items, bulk foods, meat, produce, dry cleaning, newspapers, small hardware items and takeout foods.

In addition, the measure exempts food banks, state and federal financial assistance program recipients, and services for low-income earners from the 5-cent fee.

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