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[GreenYes] [CRRA] Plastic Bags - SF encourages others to ban them

Apologies for Cross-postings

>To: "Jeffrey Smedberg" <dpw179@no.address>
>Cc: crra_members@no.address, "Mark Murray" <murray@no.address>
>From: Robert Haley <robert.haley@no.address>
>Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2007 10:45:26 -0700
>Subject: Re: [CRRA] Plastic Bags - How did SF circumvent AB2449?
>AB 2449 prohibits "... a city, county, or other public agency from
>adopting, implementing or enforcing an ordinance, resolution, regulation,
>or rule that requires a store to collect, transport, or recycle plastic
>carryout bags or conduct additional auditing or reporting, or imposing a
>plastic carryout bag fee upon a store..." AB 2449 does not prohibit bans,
>refunds, etc. Our ordinance, drafted with our City Attorney's assistance,
>simply requires supermarket and chain drugstore checkout bags to be
>compostable plastic, recyclable paper or durable reusable. It does not do
>any of the things pre-empted by AB 2449.
>We hope other local jurisdictions will quickly pass whatever bag
>legislation they can that is not pre-empted by AB 2449. We must also work
>to prevent other State and Federal pre-emption efforts in general (not just
>on bags).
>Robert Haley
>Zero Waste Manager
>SF Environment
>City and County of San Francisco
>Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail.
>From: "Jeffrey Smedberg"
>To: <crra_members@no.address>
>Subject: [CRRA] Plastic Bags - How did SF circumvent AB2449?
>Date: 04/06/2007 09:48
> Congratulations to San Francisco for adopting Supervisor
> Mirikimi's
> plastic bag
> ban.
> What am I missing? Last year's AB 2449 (Levine), which the
> Governor
> signed, included a local pre-emption provisions that would prevent
> local
> agencies in California from adopting fees and recycling
> requirements on
> affected
> retailers.
> Is SF's approach legal because it avoids fees by imposing an
> outright
> ban on non-compostable
> bags?
> Can someone enlighten
> me?
> ______________________________________________________
> Jeffrey Smedberg, Recycling Programs
> Coordinator
> County of Santa Cruz Public Works
> Department
> 701 Ocean Street, Room 410, Santa Cruz, California
> 95060
> 831/454-2373 Fax 831/454-2385
> recycle@no.address

Gary Liss
Fax: 916-652-0485
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