City of South Lake Tahoe repeals portion of plastic bag ban Tuesday |

City of South Lake Tahoe repeals portion of plastic bag ban Tuesday

Noah Incopero, 16, bags groceries at Raley's grocery store on Highway 50 at the "Y." South Lake Tahoe City Council continued public discussion Tuesday, Jan. 19, regarding the repeal a portion of the city's plastic-bag ban. Under the revised ordinance, only grocery-related food stores will have to comply moving forward. Other retailers are no longer restricted. The amendment passed, 3-2.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Lake Tahoe City Council officially amended an ordinance banning single-use carryout bags at non-grocery retail establishments on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Retail stores many continue to use plastic bags per the decision.

The vote, on second reading, was 3-2 in favor of amending the ban, with Wendy David, mayor, and Austin Sass, mayor pro-tem, voting no.

With the move, the council is opting to repeal portions of the city’s ban on single-use plastic bags adopted in October 2013. The change impacts restaurants and retail establishments, not grocery stores and food vendors (which must continue to offer only paper and reusable bags).

According to a city attorney staff report, the ban approved in 2013 was meant to remove plastic bags from all retail establishments after 12 months. Then, in June 2014, the ban for retail stories was delayed to Oct. 15, 2015. On Oct. 20 of last year, city council “directed the city attorney to return with an amendment to the municipal code to remove the ban on plastic, single-use bags from retailers other than grocery or food outlet establishments.” The amendment was first presented to council and discussed at a Dec. 7 meeting.

This story will be updated.

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