HR Council To Revise Bag Ordinance

The Hood River City Council has decided to revise its bag ordinance, including removal of the requirement to charge a nickel per paper bag.  The Council also directed staff to prepare revisions that will relax the requirement for decorative bags to be recyclable and contain 40 percent post-consumer waste content, and a mandate for reusable bags to be available for sale at every retail store that uses bags will be removed.  City Manager Steve Wheeler says the revisions came from feedback the Council received, noting the real purpose of the ordinance was to eliminate single-use plastic bags.  Wheeler says staff will prepare a revised ordinance to give to Council at a future meeting.  He noted the ordinance was not scheduled to go into effect at smaller retail outlets until July 1.  It is in effect for larger grocery stores.

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