John Dodge in The Olympian reports:
“Thurston County is seeking residents and businesses to help draft language for an ordinance to reduce the estimated 90 million plastic shopping bags used countywide each year.
The deadline for signing up for the stakeholders group is June 10.”
“A report proposing a plastic bag ban and seeking recommendations from each city and town in the county was approved last year by the Thurston County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, which is made up of city, citizen, and industry representatives.”
“Yelm recommended a countywide vote.”
“The Thurston County Commissioners reviewed the information and directed staff to form the stakeholders group to develop an ordinance. Once completed, it will be provided to each jurisdiction in Thurston County for their consideration and possible adoption.”
“The goal is to have a consistent approach to reducing plastic bag use across the county instead of a patchwork of varying regulations, noted Terri Thomas, education and outreach specialist for the countys Solid Waste Division. Each jurisdiction would need to go through its individual ordinance adoption process, which would include a public hearing.”
Click www.ThurstonSolidWaste.org/plastics for more information.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
You, your families, and friends are cordially invited to a reception for the Plastic Whale Project. This education project encouraged people to use reusable bags by involving them in a large-scale art project. The result? A 32-foot gray whale made out of plastic bags and other trash!
When: Thursday, May 23, 5:30-7:30 PM
Where: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St SE Olympia, WA 98501
What: See the gray whale made out of 9,000 plastic bags, by 18 schools, 900 youth and adults. Watch the video about the project. You may be in it!
This is a FREE event. Snacks provided.
Click here for the The Plastic Whale Project: a sensational cetacean.