The Logan Municipal Council passed resolutions to minimize the city's carbon footprint at its meeting on Tuesday night.
The council approved two measures:
- A plastic bag ban was passed by a vote of 3-2 and takes effect in Logan on April 22, 2020. However, this is just a ban and has nothing to do with charging 10 cents.
- The council unanimously passed a resolution to support a county-wide plastic management program, which is currently being developed. It would require businesses to adopt a plastic management plan, requiring them to either stop distributing single-use plastic bags or charge .10 cents per bag.
Businesses could also be charged a handling fee to dispose of plastics at the county waste facility.
Councilman Herm Olsen, the original sponsor of the ban, and remaining councilors held off on voting to eliminate plastic bags in March. The vote to eliminate the plastic bags was delayed to get other communities and the county on board with the idea. In the meantime, the Solid Waste Advisory Board continues to develop the plastic reduction plan.
Park City and Moab were the first two Utah cities to ban plastic bags.
In January, 2News reported that Utahns dump 940 million plastic bags each year. Since the bags can't be recycled, they clog up landfills as they take about 1,000 years to discompose.