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City Council Work Session
Meeting Date: 01/13/2015  
Co-Submitter: Nicole Woodman, Sustainability Manager
From: Nicole Woodman, Sustainability Manager
Department: Public Works  

Plastic Bags in Flagstaff - A Community Conversation
On May 29, 2012 the Flagstaff City Council requested an official recommendation from the Sustainability Commission to make a recommendation relating to the impacts of plastic bag usage across the City for consideration by the Council.  Challenges associated with plastic bags include litter in the community, operational and fiscal impacts to the landfill as well as operational issues at the Material Recovery Facility (MRF). Following the results of the 2013 Citizen Survey the Sustainability Commission researched best practices for addressing plastic bags and developed their recommendation.  Attached is the Sustainability Commission's recommendation in form of a draft ordinance which has not been approved by the City Attorney's Office. The Attorney's Office will review the ordinance once direction is received from Council.

The Work Session tonight is designed to provide the Council with background information through a short staff presentation and a forum for interested residents, businesses, and stakeholders who hold opinions to share them during this agenda item.  Additionally, staff will be seeking Council preference and guidance through your conversation at this Work Session as a basis for any future action item that is desired.
This issue is not directly represented by a current Council goal; however, it does support the following Regional Plan Goals:
  • E&C.2. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • WR.6. Protect, preserve, and improve the quality of surface water, groundwater, and reclaimed water in the region
  • CC.1. Reflect and respect  the region's natural setting and dramatic views in the built environment
  • ED.7. Continue to promote and enhance Flagstaff's unique sense of place as an economic development driver

November 2012 Sustainability Commission Letter to City Council Regarding Plastic Bags
Sustainability Commission's Official Recommendation on Plastic Bags

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