Councilwoman Schipske to Host Plastic Bag Ban Town Meeting

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long beach ban on plastic bagsShould Long Beach ban plastic bags? You can join the discussion by attending a Plastic Bag Town Meeting sponsored by Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske. The meeting is being held on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Long Beach Water Treatment Plant.

The meeting comes just as the City Council prepares to vote on an ordinance drafted by the City Attorney and City Manager. On December 7, 2010, the council voted to have an ordinance drafted, that would duplicate the one adopted by Los Angeles County. The ordinance would ban plastic bags at local grocery stores and allow the stores to collect 10 cents for each paper bag used in its place.

The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Long Beach Water Treatment Plant at 2950 Redondo Avenue (near Spring Street).

Confirmed panelists include representatives from Heal the Bay, the California Grocers Association, the American Chemist Council and the Sierra Club. Participants will address the effect of plastic bags on the environment, issues and concerns with the prohibition of plastic bags, and a discussion of viable options for Long Beach.

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