Mayor Gregerson Temporarily Suspends Plastic Bag Ban for 30 Days

On March 25, 2020, Mayor Jennifer Gregerson issued a Proclamation of Emergency temporarily suspending the ban on single-use plastic bags.  Recently, the City became aware that certain grocers and retailers suspended use of customer-provided reusable bags in order to prevent contact that could spread COVID-19.

As a result, these retailers were out of compliance with Chapter 8.22 of the Mukilteo Municipal Code which states that the only permitted bag types are

  1. Reusable bags;
  2. Recyclable paper bags;
  3. One hundred percent post-industrial recycled resin bags; or
  4. Bags made from renewable compostable materials.

This suspension would extend for a period of 30 days after the date of the proclamation. Following issuance of this proclamation, City staff contacted grocery stores to inform managers of the temporary suspension. This proclamation was also shared with the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce for distribution to their business network, and on the City’s website and social media; information about this proclamation was also sent to the Mukilteo Beacon.

All modifications to the Mukilteo Municipal Code must have City Council ratification, which is scheduled for April 6. Given the effective date of DRAFT Ordinance 1439 – Bag Proclamation, a majority plus one of the full council, or five members, is required to adopt the ordinance. If adopted, the ordinance would be effective immediately, retroactive to March 25, 2020 for a period of 30 days or until April 24, 2020. A draft of Ordinance 1439 is attached.

To learn more about the Mayor and City’s Updates COVID-19, visit https://mukilteowa.gov/covid-19/.

Mario Lotmore

Mario Lotmore is originally from The Bahamas and for the last seven years has called Mukilteo, WA his home. Having lived in every region of the United States has exposed him to various cultures, people, and approaches to life. Lotmore created the Lynnwood Times to represent the character of a diverse and growing Lynnwood. The launching of the city’s free community newspaper will only help bring neighborhoods together. Lotmore was an industrial engineer by trade and proven success implementing and managing lean accountable processes and policies within his eighteen years of operations excellence, strategic development, and project management in the aerospace, manufacturing, and banking industries. Over his career he has saved and created hundreds of union and non-union jobs. Lotmore is the President of a Homeowner Association, an active Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics volunteer in his community, and former Boeing 747 Diversity Council leader. Mario’s talent is finding “that recipe” of shared destiny to effectively improve the quality of life for others.

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