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File #: 22-0267    Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 9/13/2021 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 9/18/2021 Final action:
Title: Public Hearing, Second Reading and Final Passage of an Ordinance to amend Chapter 2 (TAXATION) of Title 3 (FINANCE, TAXATION AND PROCUREMENT) of the Code of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, 1981, as amended by adding new Article Z (LOCAL DISPOSABLE PLASTIC BAG TAX). [ROLL-CALL VOTE]
Attachments: 1. 21-0267_Att1 Plastic Bag Ordinance Cover, 2. 21-0267_Att2 Draft Plastic Bag Ordinance, 3. 21-0267_Att 3 Final State Guidelines, 4. 21-0267_Att4 Letter to Regulated Entities, 5. 21-0267_Att5 EPC and Sierra Club support letters, 6. 21-0267_Att6 Plastic Bag Fee Survey Results, 7. 21-0267_Att 7 Plastic Bags Presentation 09-01-2021_edited, 8. 21-0267_Att8 ARPBA Letter to Alexandria City Council FINAL, 9. 22-0267_Plastic Bags Assessment Memorandum, 10. 22-0267_Final Ordinance
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM


DATE: SEPTEMBER 7, 2021

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

FROM: MARK B. JINKS, CITY MANAGER /s/

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Public Hearing, Second Reading and Final Passage of an Ordinance to amend Chapter 2 (TAXATION) of Title 3 (FINANCE, TAXATION AND PROCUREMENT) of the Code of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, 1981, as amended by adding new Article Z (LOCAL DISPOSABLE PLASTIC BAG TAX). [ROLL-CALL VOTE]
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ISSUE: Should the City impose a five-cent tax on disposable plastic bags to certain retailers?

RECOMMENDATION: That City Council approve the proposed ordinance that authorizes the collection of five-cent tax on disposable plastic bags on first reading and schedule it for second reading, public hearing, and final passage on Saturday, September 18, 2021.

BACKGROUND: The General Assembly has adopted Virginia Code 58.1-1745 allowing localities to adopt ordinances that impose a tax in the amount of five-cents for each disposable plastic bag provided in grocery stores, convenience stores, or drugstores.

The production, use and disposal of single-use plastic bags has significant adverse impacts on the environment, and their light weight makes them particularly susceptible to air currents that land them in streets, gutters, abandoned lots, streams, rivers, and trees throughout the City. Plastic bags also contribute to a significant burden on the City's solid waste disposal and single stream recycling programs and the City pays a financial penalty as plastic bags are considered a contaminant in the recycling. The City has policy goals to conserve and recover resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, waste, and marine pollution and to protect the public health and welfare of its residents.

On January 12, 2019, City Council unanimously voted to adopt the WasteSmart Strategic Plan, a 20-year plan on s...

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