Approval of plastic bags ban, fee on paper bags in Santa Cruz awaits second hearing for final decision

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to ban the use of plastic bags and place a 10-cent fee on paper bags that will increase to 25 cents after the ban is in effect for one year. The measure approved on September 13, require approval at a second reading to be held later this month. If approved, it bans giving out plastics bags at all restaurants, supermarkets and convenience stores in unincorporated areas of the county. There are some exceptions in the proposal. For example, restaurants would be permitted to give customers one free paper bag for any food they end up taking home. In addition, those on public-assistance programs would not be charged for paper bags.
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