Council Sends Plastic Bag Issue To Environmental Sustainabilty Board For Further Review

Jody Benson demonstrates various types of plastic bags as she explains to Council this evening that the Pajarito Sierra Club and Los ALamos League of Women Voters are not advocating to ban all types of bags – just the ones used at grocery stores and the like. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Citizens line up behind Tyler Jones to take turns speaking for banning the bag or bagging the ban at tonight’s Council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

A citizen petition was presented requesting Council pass an ordinance prohibiting retail establishments from distributing single-use plastic carryout bags to their customers and mandating a $.10 fee on paper bags to be collected and retained by the merchant. 

After hearing public comment for and against the ban this evening, Los Alamos County Council voted 4-3 to acknowledge the petition, thank the petitioners for their recommendations and send the issue to the Environmental Sustainability Board for further review.

Council Chair Kristin Henderson, Vice Chair David Izraelevitz, Councilor Susan O’Leary and Councilor Pete Sheehey voted for the measure and Councilors Steven Girrens, James Chrobocinski and Rick Reiss voted against it.

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