The Rohnert Park City Council will consider a proposed countywide ban on single-use plastic grocery bags tonight. The Sonoma County Waste Management Agency has developed an ordinance that prohibits the distribution of plastic bags, while allowing stores to charge 10 cents for paper bags with at least 40 percent recycled content. The ordinance is crafted to allow cities in Sonoma County to either support, opt-out, or vote no. All the cities in Sonoma County must either support or opt-out for the ordinance to move forward.
The proposed ban would affect a range of retail outlets, including grocery, clothing, electronics vendors, hardware and drug stores, and convenience and liquor stores. It would not apply to bags that hold meat or produce, or to restaurants, stand-alone delis or charities.
If you live in Rohnert Park and want to see a ban on single use plastic grocery bags and an end to the pollution problems they create, attend the meeting tonight to show your support.
The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. at City Hall 130 Avram Avenue.