Issaquah, Wash., voters to decide fate of plastic bag ban – USA

Posted on November 3, 2013 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations

Issaquah, Wash., voters to decide fate of plastic bag ban – News – Plastics News.

The vote comes after Save Our Choice, a group opposing the measure, filed a petition with Issaquah’s City Council asking for a full repeal of the measure, which bans plastic bags and puts a 5-cent fee on paper bags. The City Council unanimously voted to hold the special election on Feb. 11, according to online video of the meeting.

The opposition group filed 2,626 valid signatures to force the vote, 77 more than were needed. The City Council could have decided to simply repeal the ordinance, but opted for the referendum.

How do we get the politics out of these decisions?  A plastic bag ban is essential in a big city these days.  The environment, the wildlife and we as humans need it if nothing other than to teach us to be a bit more organised to take reusable bags with us rather than ‘expecting’ a free bag from a store every time.  We hope the referendum results in a continued ban.