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Plastic Bags

updated: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Plastic Bags – At the November 2, 2015 Special Study Session Discussion and later during a July 25, 2016 Study Session Discussion, the St. Louis Park City Council chose to set aside action on single-use plastic bags. The council may choose to revisit the plastic bag issue in the future and in the meantime encourages residents to bring their own bags when shopping and recycle plastic bags at retail locations. Plastic bags are not accepted in the city's curbside recycling program because of the significant problems they cause at material recover facilities (MRFs) that accept and sort recyclables.

The St. Louis Park City Council considered regulation of single-use carryout plastic bags in the city. Council has discussed how a policy on single-use carryout plastic bags might help the city meet some of the following goals: increased recycling/composting and waste reduction, minimization of litter, reducing greenhouse gasses and increasing product reuse. Council has heard from industry experts, residents and business owners.

Several options were considered by city council. The most recent option included charging a small fee for both plastic and paper single-use carryout bags and requiring at-store plastic bag recycling programs.

Staff Reports, Meeting Minutes and Other Resources

July 25, 2016 study session report
July 25, 2016 meeting minutes
Report provides next steps for Council consideration and position from Environment & Sustainability Commission.

November 2, 2015 special study session report & Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance draft
November 2, 2015 meeting minutes
Report provides the draft Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance.

October 5, 2015 special study session report
October 5, 2015 meeting minutes
Report provides summary of comments received from stakeholders and options for restricting plastic bag use.

September 2, 2015 Plastic Bag Listening Session video
Video of public listening session which allowed public comment on proposed policy direction.

July 13, 2015 study session report
July 13, 2015 meeting minutes
Report provides summary of Plastic Bag Experts/Stakeholder Panel discussion.

June 22, 2015 study session report
June 22, 2015 Plastic Bag Experts Panel video
Report provides research update, including expert/stakeholder written comments.

May 4, 2015 special study session report
May 4, 2015 meeting minutes
Report provides research and suggested process/timeline for making policy decisions on regulating polystyrene to-go containers and single-use plastic bags.

February 23, 2015 study session report
February 23, 2015 meeting minutes
Report provides possible goals to promote increased business/multi-family collection of recycling and organics and move toward elimination of use of polystyrene food containers and single-use plastic bags.

November 10, 2014 staff report
Update to City Council on Solid Waste Program Initiatives

Product Bans and Restrictions: A guide for local government policy makers
This document, authored by the Minnesota Pollution Agency in February 2016, provides information that may be useful to policy makers as they consider whether to adopt product restrictions or bans.

Kala Fisher, Solid Waste Program Coordinator

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