The City of Pittsburg is seeking public comments up until September 9 on an environmental analysis as the city is looking to move forward on considering a ban of retail plastic bags.
Under the policy, Pittsburg is proposing a citywide ordinance to stop the distribution of single-use plastic bags in grocery and retail stores. This would make it the first East Contra Costa city to consider the ban.
According to the notice, the Pittsburg City Council is tentatively scheduled to consider the adoption of the item on September 16.
According to the CEQA Study (A 35-page document), recycled paper or reusable bags would be required to be made available to customers at a minimum charge of 10 cents per bag for the first year, and 25 cents per bag for the third year and beyond.
The proposed ordinance would include a $250 fine to penalize merchants who don’t comply. The ban does not include plastic bags used by restaurants, plastic garment bags, or bags in grocery stores used for fruits and vegetables.
The ban appears to create an incentive for residents of Pittsburg to move from paper and plastic bags to reusable bags which is sweeping California over the past two years.
According to Californians Against Waste, a total of 58 cities and counties have adopted ordinances of plastic bag bans while a total of 79 cities or counties are covered by these ordinances. By clicking here, it will provide you with a list and brief history of cities with the ordinances.
Anyone who wishes to comment on the findings of this environmental analysis must submit comments in writing to Kristin Pollot, Associate Planner of the Planning Department, at 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg CA 94565 or via email to [email protected] or by fax (925) 252-4814. Comments are due by 5pm on Monday Sept. 9.
The City Council will consider the item at its Sept. 16 meeting, with formal adoption slated for mid-October.