RICHMOND -- RecycleMore, the public name of the West Contra Costa Integrated Waste Management Authority, is seeking comments on the ordinance it has drafted intended to reduce the number of "single-use carryout bags" given out at retail establishments.
As part of the process the ordinance is undergoing an initial study comment period under the California Environmental Quality Act that will conclude Sept. 5.
There will also be a public hearing hosted by RecycleMore from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Richmond council chambers at Civic Center Plaza.
The ordinance would prohibit retail establishments from giving free single-use carryout paper and plastic bags, with the exception of restaurants and charitable reuse stores operated by nonprofit organizations.
Retail establishments would be allowed to offer paper bags that contain at least 40 percent recycled content, but only for a fee of five cents per bag.
RecycleMore, a joint powers agency created by El Cerrito, Hercules, Pinole, Richmond and San Pablo, hopes to bring the ordinance before each of its member cities for adoption.
The draft ordinance and environmental documents, including a negative declaration indicating no adverse environmental consequences, can be reviewed online at www.recyclemore.com, or at the Richmond Planning and Building Services Department, 450 Civic Center Plaza.