Jackson Town Council Monday unanimously passed the much-discussed bag ordinance on third reading with an effective date of April 15thfor large grocery stores and November first for smaller merchants. Mayor Pete Muldoon pointed out that the ordinance may not be perfect, but it is a functional start. Muldoon says he appreciates the many comments and concerns that have been voiced which helped the council in crafting the ordinance. He admits it is not perfect, but is one that council can improve over time. Still, Muldoon says, “We have an ordinance that is going to reduce the number of plastic bags that end up in our waste streams and our rivers, our lakes, our trees and our oceans – Flat Creek… our private property and out public property.” Muldoon admits the new ordinance will cause some short-term pain, but he says it is necessary pain and it will be worth it. The new ordinance will ban stores from using single-use plastic bags less than four millimeters thick at the point of purchase and require them to charge customers 20 cents for each paper or reusable plastic bag. Muldoon says it is unknown yet how much money will ultimately be taken in and the council will over time have to determine how to best utilize whatever that amount that is.
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