Carryout Bag Waste Reduction Ordinance Notice of Preparation and Scoping Meetings

The Sonoma County Waste Management Agency (SCWMA) intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for a proposed regulation promoting a uniform program for reducing waste by decreasing the use of single-use carryout bags. The proposed Waste Reduction Program for Carryout Bags would regulate the use of paper and plastic single-use carryout bags within the geographical limits of Sonoma County, including the nine incorporated cities and town, starting July 1, 2013. The intent of the ordinance is to reduce the environmental impacts related to the use of single-use carryout bags and to promote a shift toward the use of reusable bags.

As specified by the State CEQA Guidelines, the Notice of Preparation will be circulated for a 30-day review period. The SCWMA welcomes agency and public input during this period regarding the scope and content of environmental information that must be included in the Draft EIR. Responses to this Notice of Preparation may be submitted, in writing, by 5:00 p.m. on November 16, 2012, to:

Patrick Carter, Executive Director
Sonoma County Waste Management Agency
2300 County Center Drive, Suite B100
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
email: patrick.carter@sonoma-county.org

PUBLIC SCOPING MEETINGS: Scoping meetings will be held during the comment period to take comments related to the scope of the environmental issues to be analyzed within the Draft EIR. The dates, times, and locations of the scoping meetings are listed below.

  • October 30, 2012, 6 pm, Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial, North Room, 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa
  • November 1, 2012, 6 pm, Sonoma Veterans Memorial, Lounge Room, 126 First Street West, Sonoma
  • November 2, 2012, 6 pm, Petaluma Veterans Memorial, Conference Room A, 1094 Petaluma Blvd S., Petaluma
  • November 7, 2012, 6 pm, Windsor Community Center, Elsbree Hall, 901 Adele Drive, Windsor