On August 5th, City Council directed City planners to move forward with drafting an ordinance that would restrict the provision of single-use disposable bags at most grocery stores, pharmacies and convenience stores and establish a five-cent fee for the provision of paper bags. The plastic bag restriction does not apply to product bags (e.g. bags for meats or produce) or bags provided to a customer for prescription medication. Customers may utilize any type of bag that they bring to the store themselves or may carrying away goods that are not placed in a bag, in lieu of using paper and/or reusable bags provided by the store. City staff intends to work with stores subject to the ordinance during the proposed sixty (60) day grace period to adequately notify customers and educate staff on transaction fees.
This ordinance is part of the City's zero waste goal, wherein no materials are landfilled by the year 2020. The ordinance will be enforced 60 days after after adoption, and will be reviewed by City Council 6 months after adoption to review and consider amending the ordinance (such as raising the paper bag fee and/or applying the ordinance to other retail stores beyond grocery stores, pharmacies and convenience stores in Mill Valley).
Please note the important dates below:
- City Council Discussion – August 5, 2013
- City Council First Reading/Introduction of Ordinance - September 3, 2013
- City Council Second Reading/Adoption - September 16, 2013
- The proposed ordinance would go into effect 30 days after adoption with enforcement of the ordinance scheduled for 60 days after adoption, approximately November 15, 2013
City Council meetings take place at 7:30 pm at 26 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. The complete draft ordinance is available for review in the City Clerk’s office (26 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941) during normal business hours, and available for download.