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LFP Plastic Bag Ban Up For Discussion At Tonight's Council Meeting

Environmental Quality Commission recommends city ban single-use plastic bags by retailers; medical marijuana and animal services contract also on tonight's LFP Council agenda

The Lake Forest Park City Council plans to discuss a single-use plastic bag ban as recommended by the Environmental Quality Commission at a Council work session Monday night at 6:30 p.m.

The EQC has studied the issue for a year-and-a-half and recommends the ban based on its discussions and research. The EQC hopes the Council will act by the end of the year. Affected retail busineses, including grocery stores, department stores, hardware stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, liquor stores and restaurants, would likely be given at least six months to prepare for the change in the law.

The city ordinance declares plastic bags, "nonrenewable resources," and states that, "plastic never biodegrades, it photo degrades and can take hundreds of years for plastic bags to breakdown and when they do it is tiny toxic bits which seep into the soil, waterways, lakes and bay."

The EQC estimates that a "conservative estimate" is that LFP residents use about 2.5 million plastic bags a year or about 200 bags per person.

The city's draft ordinance is patterned after the plastic bag ban ordinances in Edmonds and Bellingham. 

The recommendation is that people use reusable cloth bags for groceries and other goods. Paper bags would not be banned but discouraged. A five cents fee would be charged for using paper bags by retailers. Edmonds does not ban or charge a fee for paper bags.

Edmonds estimated that the adoption and implementation of its ban required 110 hours of staff time and city attorney review, as well as $1,000 for supplies and mailings.

Also Monday night, the Council will discuss what to do next about medical marijuana after moratorium passed earlier this year is due to expire soon.

The Council plans to discuss what to do about animal control services. The city's contract with King County is due to expire at the end of the year. The city of Auburn is pulling out of the contract then, and that leaves 26 other cities with significantly higher costs if they continue.

Tony Dondero August 07, 2012 at 09:20 PM
I'm not going to ban Bob from the site. Even if you think Bob is wrong, he has a right to be wrong. It's called the First Amendment. If you think he is wrong, continue to post here, write the Shoreline and LFP Councils and support the proposed bag bans. Go to the Council meetings and speak out. However, I would remind and ask everyone including Bob to refrain from personal attack. Here's our terms of use; http://shoreline.patch.com/terms
John Angisco August 07, 2012 at 10:02 PM
I just think that if Bob wants to comment he should at least try to stay on topic instead of harrasing people.
Julie Houff August 07, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Well, on the positive side, having Bob on these types of threads, especially these critical environmental ones that he loves to partake in, is good practice in dealing with these types of folks in the future. Until there is no more need for better environment laws, and no one is interested in destroying our planet home for mainly profit reasons, and no more desire to enjoy wreaking havoc on the internet, I'm certain well see more of this and related types of behavior. Thanks a bunch for showing your concern, John. I, for one, certainly appreciate it.
John Angisco August 08, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Go get a life Bob and get off this Article your just wasting space. Or you can actually make some sense.
Bob MacDonald August 12, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Thank you, Tony. I appreciate your balance and plain decency. But it is just not worth my time and aggravation to deal with people like this. Janet and Julie just want to score silly political points. No one here really wants to talk about the facts. I post links and the messenger is attacked because the message is too tough for these lightweights to handle. Thank you for the forums, though :D

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