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February 27, 2014
Plastic Bag Ban Begins

Santa Fe City Councilors approve plastic bag ban.

Ordinance No.2013-29 prohibits retailers from providing single-use carry out plastic bags.

The ban will be enacted February 27, 2014.

Councilors amended the ordinance and eliminated a ten cent fee which could have been charged to customers choosing to utilize a paper bag. Instead, they chose to focus on the goal of the ordinance and eliminate plastic bags altogether at checkout lines.  

Santa Fe leaders believe the ban will help protect, conserve and enhance the city’s unique natural beauty and irreplaceable natural resources by encouraging the use of reusable bags.

 

  • Exemptions:
    • Exempted bags: Bags thicker than 2.25 Mil (considered reusable), produce bags, bulk food bags, bags for frozen meat/food, flowers/plants, laundry and newspapers.
    • Exempted entities: Non-profit corporations which provide hunger relief to distribute food, grocery products, clothing or other household goods.

Under an additional amendment, businesses are also granted a 30 day grace period allowing them time to adjust to the new rules. City staff will visit retail establishments during that time answering any questions they might have. After 30 days, businesses will be issued warnings and possible fines (not to exceed $100) for non-compliance.

 

In preparation for the ban, the city issued more than 10,000 free reusable bags to residents. “Bag to Differ” reusable bags are still available (one per person, while supplies last) and can be picked up at the Environmental Services Division building located at 1142 Siler Road.

 

For more information visit: www.bagtodiffersantafe.com

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