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Record No: CB 118805    Version: Council Bill No: CB 118805
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 10/3/2016
Ordinance No: Ord 125165
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to the City of Seattle's solid waste system; removing the sunset date for a five cent pass-through charge for certain recyclable paper bags; requiring certain compostable bags to be labeled and tinted green; adding a definition for compostable; and amending Section 21.36.100 of the Seattle Municipal Code.
Sponsors: Lisa Herbold, Debora Juarez
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Presentation, 3. Amendment 1 CB 118805 (added 9/23/16), 4. Signed Ord 125165, 5. Affidavit of Publication
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to the City of Seattle's solid waste system; removing the sunset date for a five cent pass-through charge for certain recyclable paper bags; requiring certain compostable bags to be labeled and tinted green; adding a definition for compostable; and amending Section 21.36.100 of the Seattle Municipal Code.
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WHEREAS, to reduce the impacts of plastic bags distributed within the City, the City enacted Ordinance 123775, amending Chapter 21.36 of the Seattle Municipal Code, to prohibit retail establishments from providing single-use plastic carryout bags; and
WHEREAS, the existing five cent pass-through charge for certain paper bags encourages use of reusable bags and assists retailers in recouping costs of paper bags; and
WHEREAS, the City finds that composting is threatened because of contamination by confusingly colored, marked and look-alike materials, including some non-compostable plastic film bags; and
WHEREAS, it is in the City's interest that contamination in local compost be reduced to ensure local compost is marketable and viable for use in local gardens, farms, landscaping, and surface water and transportation projects; and
WHEREAS, to further ensure that bags are properly disposed with less cross-contamination between compostable and recyclable products and to ensure higher quality end products in composting, the City wishes to amend Section 21.36.100 of the Seattle Municipal Code; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Section 21.36.100 of the Seattle Municipal Code, enacted by Ordinance 123775, is amended as follows:
21.36.100 Single-use plastic and recyclable paper carryout bags
A. No retail establishment in the City shall provide a single-use plastic carryout bag to any customer.
B. ((Through December 31, 2016, no)) No retail establishment in the City shall provide a paper carryout ba...

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