Issaquah plastic bag ban comes up for vote June 4
May 29, 2012
City Council members could decide on a controversial plastic bag ban June 4, after a monthslong process to collect public input.
Citizens can comment on the proposed development agreement at a meeting and public hearing at 7:30 p.m. The council meets in the Council Chambers at City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way.
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.
The local proposal is similar to ordinances in Seattle, Bellingham, Edmonds and Mukilteo.