Logan City Council rolls back plastic bag ban very late – Cache Valley Daily


Logan City Council members voted on Tuesday to replace their controversial plastic bag ban with a comprehensive county-wide plastic waste management plan.

LOGAN – After two years of debate, members of Logan city council voted on Tuesday to repeal their belated ban on the distribution of disposable plastic bags.

After several delays, chapter 8.36 of the municipal code was to come into force on January 1, 2022. But municipal ordinance 21-23 revoking this code was approved by a vote of three to two of the members of the council.

Council members Mark A. Anderson, Amy Z. Anderson and Thomas C. Jensen voted in favor of the repeal, while their colleagues Ernesto López and Jeanne F. Simmonds voted “No”.

Instead of the proposed bag ban, city council members now unanimously endorse Cache County’s so-called plastic waste management program.

This plan was jointly developed by members of the County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Logan City Environment Department and Bear River Health Department, according to Issa Hamud, the city’s environmental director. .

Resolution 21-55, which was unanimously approved by city council on Tuesday, supports the county-wide plastic management program and “recognizes the need to gradually educate the public on the proper management of these plastics. special waste at pre-consumer and post-consumer levels. . “

Hamud explained that at the pre-consumer level, business owners will have two options to reduce plastic pollution.

The first of these options will be for companies to implement plastic bag and film recycling at their own sites and provide quarterly reports to the city’s environmental department.

The second option will involve better containment of plastic waste. Companies will be required to bundle bags sufficiently before disposal so that plastic waste cannot be blown at the landfill, transit station or from trucks.

At the post-consumer level, retailers will have the option of eliminating free single-use plastic bags or implementing an enhanced recycling program.

Another option will be for retailers to provide buyers with plastic bags only if customers are charged $ 0.10 per bag.

Hamud added that Cache County companies that do not implement these plastic waste management options “will be charged a special handling fee of $ 17.50 per tonne for the waste they generate compared to their rates. of existing waste… after a written warning “.

The now repealed bag ban was originally enacted by Logan City Council in December 2019 in response to concerns about plastic waste being blown out of the North Valley landfill in Clarkston.

This piece of the municipal code would only have impacted retailers within the city limits of Logan, and members of the business community have expressed concern that the ban should apply to everyone. county.

The ban was due to go into effect in April 2020, after a three-month delay to give retailers time to adjust to the change.

But the effective date of the plastic bag ban has ultimately been repeatedly delayed as a public health measure, as single-use bags were seen as safer amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Logan City Resolution 21-55 Approved Text Says Logan City Council Supports County-Wide Plastic Waste Management Program and Orders City Environment Department to Go Immediately moving forward with its consistent and fair implementation.

Bryce K. Locke