Kirkland's most unpopular law in memory (see City Council "Punishes" 69% of Kirklanders who opposed banning plastic shopping bags) has been in place for two weeks now and it already has a lobbying effort to sack it. The "Plastic Bag Reduction Policy" has both supporters and detractors in town. Supporters laud the eco benefits of the ban while opponents see it as an over-reach by the Kirkland City Council with many unintended negative impacts.
Click here to read about the actual ordinance passed by the Kirkland City Council: LETTER| Please post the actual ordinance just passed banning single use plastic bags in Kirkland
On March 1, Kirkland enacted a plastic bag ban and mandatory minimum five-cent charge for paper bags at retail stores. The City Council voted 6-1 in February 2015 to enact the measure snubbing the 69% of the population which opposed it according to the City's own survey.
Since March 1st, we have heard the following complaints:
- Shoppers don't like being charged a nickel if they forget to bring their own bags
- Merchants don't like being required by law to charge shoppers for paper bags
- The plastic bag ban is inconsistent and arbitrary
- The ban is causing shoppers to avoid Kirkland
So, how is the new law working for you? There is already a lobbying effort to get City Hall to exempt small merchants from the ban. The City has been trying to ban plastic bags since 2013. Should the Plastic Bag Reduction Policy be left alone, modified or repealed? What do you think?