The Chico City Council will consider a measure this evening on an ordinance which would add a chapter to the Chico Municipal Code to regulate the provision of single use carryout bags. The ordinance would also prohibit specified stores from providing single-use plastic carryout bags and require a charge be imposed for the provision of single use bags. If passed, the ban would go into effect January 1st of next year.
The ban is being challenged by "Save The Plastic Bag Coalition", who's lead attorney told the Enterprise-Record this week he objects the ordinance's adoption without any prior preparation or a certification of an environmental impact report. The attorney will urge the Council to wait until the outcomes of two cases in the California Court of Appeals. The cases will decide whether ordinances banning single-use plastic bags are exempt from review under the California Environmental Quality Act.
Councilor Ann Schwab told the Enterprise Record the city has patterned its ordinance off successful initiatives written by other communities, and passing one here is important for Chico to move forward.
The City Council will begin at 6:30 p.m. tonight in at the Chico Municipal Center at 421 Main Street in Chico, Calif.