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BYOB Ordinance Timeline

Timeline of Events 

 

July 12, 2017

The Bring Your Own Bag ordinance went into effect.

 

July 12, 2016

City Council passed the Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) ordinance during the Council meeting. The law regulates the use of carryout bags and will go into effect in one year. Council also discussed a substitute ordinance which did not pass.

 

June 28, 2016

City Council heard the first reading of the Bring Your Own Bag ordinance during the Council meeting. Jim Parvey presented this ordinance and gave background information as well as implementation plans.

 

May 10, 2016

Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability staff presented the draft Bring Your Own Bag ordinance and implementation plans to City Council during study session. View the BYOB presentation.

 

April 27, 2016

Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability staff presented the draft Bring Your Own Bag ordinance and implementation plans to City Council's Infrastructure, Planning and Sustainability Committee.

 

March 29, 2016

The City of Tacoma hosted the Disposable Shopping Bags Public Forum at the Main Branch of the Tacoma Public Library to gather feedback on the proposed shopping bag ordinance and implementation plans. About 60 members of the community attended the forum, and written and oral comments were broad in nature with equal numbers in favor and opposition.

 

February 24, 2016

Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability staff presented the results of the public and business surveys to City Council's Infrastructure, Planning and Sustainability Committee (IPS). This presentation included the Sustainable Tacoma Commission recommendation to adopt an ordinance following the "Bellingham Model." IPS asked staff to draft an ordinance following the Bellingham Model and continue to engage the public for feedback. Bellingham's ordinance bans single-use plastic shopping bags and charges a fee for paper shopping bags.

 

November 23, 2015 - January 15, 2016

Public and business surveys were available online. The public survey received 2,188 responses; the business survey received 84 responses. View the results of the public and business surveys.