Encouraging the use of reusable bags is one example of the programs being implemented by the City to work toward the City's “Zero Waste” goal whereby no materials are landfilled, but instead fully recycled, repaired or reused by the year 2025. In 2013, City Council adopted an ordinance regulating the provision of single-use bags at grocery stores, pharmacies and convenience stores in Mill Valley. The City is now expanding the ordinance to apply to all retail stores and businesses, including retail and department stores, hardware stores, restaurants, catering truck, vendor at farmers market, city-sponsored events within Mill Valley and/or others that sell or provide merchandise, goods, material or other tangible items (such as clothing, food or personal items) directly to a customer. Dry cleaners are exempt from the ordinance.
The new ordinance will be adopted by City Council at their February 17, 2014 meeting. The City intends to work with businesses between now and August 16, 2015 to implement the ordinance. Businesses not in compliance by August 17, 2015 will be fined (see ordinace for details).
Ordinance: 2/17/15 Update
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