Jackson Town Council passed on second reading the much-discussed ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags currently used by retail businesses for purchases made by their patrons.
Once again, there was considerable input provided by business interests during the Monday night meeting. Most of that discussion centered around the 20¢fee that would be levied, largely seeking to have whatever revenue is collected remain with the retailer to defray the costs of new bags as well as the additional oneness of administration of the program at the retail level; including the continual inventory of bags. Several speakers suggested the fee be reduced to 10¢ in order to be more reasonable for the shopper. There was also debate regarding the need for long-term education of the public beyond the initial period of local shoppers’ behavior modification. Overall, support for the basic principle of the ordinance was voiced by those speaking. The rollout schedule once the ordinance is passed is to be April 15thfor grocery stores and large retailers, and November 1stfor the smaller businesses. Monday’s passage came with no changes from the first reading.