Single-use bag restriction on Nevada City Council agenda
February 26, 2014
Nevada City Council members plan to consider and discuss a conceptual ordinance to restrict the use of single-use bags.
In January, council members expressed support for a ban on single-use plastic bags but said they hoped Grass Valley would join the measure.
"I am completely for a ban," Nevada City Mayor Sally Harris said at the Jan. 22 meeting. "I would sign off tonight if Grass Valley were going hand-in-hand with it."
Council members and local business owners indicated that moving forward without a countywide approach could put some businesses at a disadvantage.
Such a ban on single-use plastic bags has been percolating for at least a year, when members of the Bag Busters coalition to ban bags joined with students from local schools to petition the three main western Nevada County governmental agencies to adopt a ban.
Representatives of Nevada County, which doesn't have as many retailers as the two towns, have indicated a desire to let the two cities figure out their own bans first. Truckee's plastic bag ban, which was approved in October, took effect Jan. 15 for grocers and food vendors. Customers there now have the choice of paying five cents for a paper bag, 10 cents for a reusable plastic bag, 99 cents for a reusable fabric bag or remembering to bring in their own reusable bags.
The topic is slated for discussion during today's meeting of the council, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 317 Broad St.
Among other items on the agenda are the consideration of an ordinance amending the Nevada City Municipal Code to adopt the 2013 California Building Standards, as well as a consideration to request city residents to conserve water by reducing consumption by 20 percent.