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Minneapolis Reintroduces a Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance
November 18, 2019 @ 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
City Council Member Cameron Gordon is reintroducing a Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance with a public hearing on November 18th. If you cannot attend, you can also send in testimony to Councilcomment@minneapolismn.gov and copy the committee at: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Here is more info from CM Gordon:
I am moving forward, again, with an ordinance amendment to require a 5 cent fee on both paper and plastic carry out single use bags in Minneapolis. The fee will be kept by the retailer. There will be a public hearing on the amended ordinance for Monday, November 18, at 1:30pm in City Hall room 317 where testimony will be taken and committee members may offer amendments. The full Council will then consider the ordinance at its regular meeting on November 22nd, where no public comment will be taken but amendments could be made before a final vote is taken.
The Bring Your Own Bag ordinance is a part of the City’s effort to reduce waste, littering, and other environmental impacts of single-use bags by incentivizing consumers to use reusable shopping bags through a five-cent fee on single-use plastic and paper carryout bags. This hearing will be one more step in a larger process of significant community outreach that has been done on this ordinance over the last several years.
You can find the ordinance as drafted at https://lims.minneapolismn.gov/File/2018-00134 and more information about our Zero Waste Plan and background on the Bring Your Own Bag ordinance here. I am encouraging you and anyone else who might support this effort to come speak on the 18th and/or to send in your feedback on the ordinance so it can be included in the public record.