Last week the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Monroe County Waste Management District voted, tentatively, to support Bloomington’s yet-to-be proposed single use bag ordinance. Clark Sorensen is the chair of the Committee.
“We’re going to vote on whether or not to support the single-use bag ordinance that’s being proposed. We’re going to send out the actual ordinance to members and have a second vote electronically to see whether we want to actually endorse the ordinance and forward it to the Center for Sustainable Living.”
At a Committee meeting in May, Jean Leimkuhler [lime-cooler], of Bring Your Own Bag Bloomington described a draft ordinance that would restricting plastic bag use. Her organization hopes the Bloomington City Council will adopt the ordinance. It would eventually limit retail vendors’ free provision of plastic carry- out bags to customers. The bags would only be allowed for wrapping of meats and other perishables. Eventually, customers would be charged for each bag provided at the check-out. Leimkuhler has said she anticipates the ordinance to be brought before the city council in September. Bring Your Own Bag Bloomington is also asking the County to adopt a similar law. The tentative resolution in support of the draft ordinance was passed unanimously by the Committee. A final vote will be tallied by e-mail after members are sent the actual ordinance.