Proposed Reusable Bag Ordinance
The City of Santa Fe is accepting public comment on the proposed Reusable Bag Ordinance that was discussed at the City Business and Quality of Life Committee (CBQL) on August 14, 2012. The proposed ordinance would prohibit the distribution of single-use plastic carryout bags; regulate the use of recyclable paper carryout bags; and promote the use of reusable bags.
The Grocery Bag Task Force was formed in May, 2012 as a subcommittee of CBQL to revive implementation of Resolution 2008-49, Disposable Bag Use Reduction. This ordinance would be the next progression of the implementation of the sustainable Santa Fe plan as part the City’s efforts on environmental policy. The subcommittee conducted research on reusable bag initiatives in other cities around the country to be used as a model for an ordinance in Santa Fe. The subcommittee reviewed reusable bag initiatives in California, Washington and Texas and also spoke with staff in several of these communities. The subcommittee members then developed a draft ordinance to be reviewed by the stakeholders and community members.
Read and/or download and print a working draft of the proposed Reusable Bag Ordinance
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