Those plastic bags at the local grocery store are a step closer to extinction. Menlo Park and 24 other Peninsula cities may restrict the use of single-use carryout bags, and San Mateo County has released a draft environmental impact report to explore the effects.
The ban targets single-use bags, except those used by restaurants and for produce, and would also implement a 10 cent fee for paper bags until Dec. 31, 2014, and then hike the fee to 25 cents per paper bag.
Review the draft EIR online here or at the community development resource desk at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St. in Menlo Park.
The only public hearing on the draft report, which was released June 22, will be held by the San Mateo County Planning Commission on July 11 at 9 a.m. in 400 County Center in Redwood City. Submit written comments to firstname.lastname@example.org through the close of business on Aug. 6.
Menlo Park will hold an informational meeting on July 25 at 6 p.m. in the Arrillaga Recreation Center at 600 Alma St. Comments will not be entered into the record. To help residents make the switch away from plastic, the city has reusable shopping bags available at the administration building in the Civic Center.