Will Menlo Park join plastic bag ban?

Council holds study session on Tuesday

The Menlo Park City Council hits the books for a study session on Tuesday, March 13, with a focus on green initiatives.

Topics include whether to set a community-wide greenhouse gas reduction target, and whether to join San Mateo County in an environmental impact report meant to evaluate a proposed ordinance prohibiting single-use plastic bags by retailers and charging a fee for using paper bags. The Town Council in Woodside voted 5-2 in February to support the countywide initiative. Finally, a potential ban on styrofoam takeout containers is also up for debate.

After the study session concludes, regular business on the council's agenda encompasses further efforts to restructure in the wake of the state's dissolution of the redevelopment agency, continuing examination of next year's budget, and comments on East Palo Alto's planned 835-unit Ravenswood/Four Corners housing development. Menlo Park staff found the project's draft environmental impact report deficient in several areas such as traffic impact and using outdated data.

The study session begins at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St., followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m.


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Posted by Carol
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 13, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I applaud the City Council for taking the initiative in considering a ban on plastic bags in Menlo Park. This is indeed good news, and environmentally responsible.

As a past volunteer for Wildlife Rescue, I have witnessed first-hand the tragedy of birds and turtles dying from either ingesting or getting caught up in these lethal traps.

In a perfect world, we would all dispose of plastic bags responsibly, but we only need to take a walk along our ocean or lakefront shores, or drive down our freeways to see that this scenario is far from reality. Even for those who dispose of plastic bags in a responsible fashion are forced to place them with the regular trash since they are not considered recyclable. Then where do the bags go?

I agree with charging for paper bags. Paper comes from our valuable forests, and even recycled paper costs money and resources to process.

Finally, I agree with prohibiting Styrofoam containers that don't degrade, and are harmful to the very wildlife we have the responsibility of protecting.


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