City Council could decide on controversial plastic bag ban
May 22, 2012
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.