The San Mateo County Planning Commission unanimously approved the recommendation of a reusable bag ordinance yesterday.
They also certified the ordinance's Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which can be used by incorporated cities as well as several other cities in neighboring Santa Clara County to adopt their own ordinances.
With this vote, the reusable bag ordinance will now be introduced to the County Board of Supervisors for a first reading on October 23. The second reading is scheduled for the following week.
The ordinance bans plastic bags and places a small charge on paper and reusable bags in all retail stores.
If adopted, San Mateo County would become the 53rd city or county with a bag ordinance in the state. Its EIR would enable 24 more cities to join the growing list.
This is just another example of how the County's leadership helps its cities take action against plastic pollution. The County's 2011 polystyrene ordinance included an offer to enforce the ordinance for cities and has been adopted by reference by several local jurisdictions.