That single-use plastic bag ban worked. The city enacted the 10-cent charge and San Jose’s shoppers adapted accordingly, bringing their own reusable bags instead of opting for single-use recycled paper bags, according to city staff. It’s a good thing, too, because that good behavior is pushing the city to consider canceling a fee increase that would have come into effect Jan. 1, upping the price-per-paper bag to 25 cents.
“The bag regulations have modified shoppers’ behaviors, as intended, resulting in a reduction in single-use plastic bag little in city creeks and streets, reducing waste and improving recycling operations,” Director of Environmental Services Kerrie Romanow writes in a memo. “Since the anticipated surge in demand for single-use paper bags did not materialize and observations indicate increasing use of reusable bags, staff believes the scheduled increase in the minimum charge for a recycled content paper bag is not necessary at this time to continue the positive trend away from single-use bags.”
More from the San Jose City Council agenda for September 24, 2013:
• San Jose will pay $4.95 million to a man shot 20 times by police after they found him dressed up as a surgeon for Halloween, armed with a toy gun and pass-out drunk in a hotel stairwell.
• Two 1,500-gallon-a-minute fire engines will cost the city about $1.3 million. The new ones will replace a couple older engines, one 17 years old and the other 18.
• The School of Arts and Culture will get $450,000 a year for the next five to run programs from the Mexican Heritage Plaza. It’ll get $425,000 annually from year six and onward.
• Fees to develop big office projects in north San Jose may get a lot cheaper–as long as there’s a tenant lined up. The plan, proposed by Mayor Chuck Reed, would lower traffic impact fees from the already-discounted $5 per square foot to just $2 per. The regular fee is $13.50. The proposal would also up the square footage allowed to 4 million square feet.
WHAT: City Council meets
WHEN: 1:30pm Tuesday
WHERE: City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
INFO: City Clerk, 408.535.1260