Issaquah does it, Seattle does it, Redmond does it, Kirkland does it, how about their neighbors just to south, Renton? No, we are not doing it-yet. Sustainable Renton is working with the city’s Solid Waste department to move towards a plan to pass a plastic bag ban in our fair city. The ordinances that have passed are different in every city. Some have laws that focus only on retail businesses, others give businesses a time period to use their current stock of bags before having to comply with the law, and still others charge patrons a small fee for every bag given out at the time of purchase. Renton is working toward adopting its own ordinance.
The first step is “evidence gathering”. What this means is that we need evidence of plastic bags that have gone rogue. We are all familiar with the plastic bag in the tree, the lone bag in the storm drain and the bag in the parking strip. Your job, as a Citizen Investigator , is to take a photograph of said bags, document where in the city the bag was seen and send it to us.
For example, while walking to the local library branch and there happens to be a plastic bag in a tree. Take out a phone or camera, snap the shot, mark down where in the city it is, include the photo and location in the email and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When we gather enough evidence we can proceed to the next step of the plan of action.
Please help us take Renton into a more sustainable future.