City Council could decide on controversial plastic bag ban

May 22, 2012

By Staff

City Council members could decide on a controversial plastic bag ban June 4, after a monthslong process to collect public input.

The legislation last reached the council for a possible decision April 2, but after listening to comments from environmental organizations and plastics manufacturers — but only a handful of remarks from city residents — members delayed action.

In a push to collect more input on the proposal to outlaw plastic bags at Issaquah businesses, the council scheduled another opportunity April 30 for the public to comment on the proposed ban. Members heard input similar to the comments at the April 2 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 of the change.

Supporters said a plastic bag ban could reduce landfill waste and marine pollution. Opponents said the legislation could lead to lost plastics manufacturing jobs in the region.

The local proposal is similar to ordinances in Seattle, Bellingham, Edmonds and Mukilteo.

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2 Responses to “City Council could decide on controversial plastic bag ban”

  1. Andy on May 25th, 2012 9:43 am

    This is the best thing that could happen, over 25 countries have banned the plastic bags altogether including Germany, South Africa, Italy, Australia, India, (Somalia, Botswana, Philippines, Sweden, and even Bangladesh. A lot of these bags get into the landfill and fly out when a gust of wind comes by, in India there were cases where bags were lining the roadways it got so bad. I forgot what country it was but one had a case where the bags flew into cow pastures and cows ate them and either died or got very sick. I’ll admit I first was against this whole bag tax/ban when I first heard about it but later after doing my research (back in 2009) I realized how bad this actually is. The one thing that really got to me is that when they were first trying to ban it in Seattle the Coalition to Stop the Seattle Bag Tax worked day and night to fight this, after doing some research I came to find out that in all cities where bag taxes/bans are trying to be placed it isn’t anyone in the city really that is trying to fight this as much as a group over in Maryland who run the plastic companies. I find it sick that they are doing whatever deeds they can just to make sure they can remain getting such a large paycheck, they don’t care about what plastic does to a city or even if it kills animals.

    I’m for this bag tax and I want to do what ever I can to make it go through. On a side note it takes more energy to recycle a paper bag than plastic, paper has just as much toxins in it when it is thrown away and not recycled, also most if not all of plastic bags are from virgin plastics, meaning not from recycled bottles or bags but newly made plastic resin.

    Thank you,

    Andrew – Chemical Engineer

  2. C. Marshall on August 30th, 2012 9:00 am

    I’m all for banning plastic bags in our neighborhood stores and I even bring my own bags to the grocery store and teach my kids to be more green. It saddens me though when I hear people say that they would bring their own linen bags if the store would give then money back ($0.25 a bag) in order for them to be used. Somebody always wants something in return.

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