Menlo Park and 24 other cities in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties are considering regulating single-use carryout bags distributed by retail establishments to reduce waste and litter. The ordinance would ban plastic bags and require retailers to charge a ten cent ($0.10) fee for paper bags. This ordinance would not include bags distributed by restaurants or bags distributed to protect products such as prescription medications or produce.
On June 22, the County of San Mateo released a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the single-use carryout bag ordinance. Residents and businesses can find a copy of the Draft EIR at the City of Menlo Park Community Development Resource Desk at 701 Laurel Street, or online.
Written comments may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 pm on August 6, 2012, and verbal comments may be submitted by attending a public hearing held by the San Mateo County Planning Commission in Redwood City on July 11 at 9:00 am (400 County Center).
The City of Menlo Park will also host an informational-only meeting (no comments taken) regarding the Draft EIR on July 25 at 6:00 pm in the Oak Room of the Arrillaga Recreation Center (600 Alma St.).