Statement from Majority Leader Jo-Ann Ryan

I am proud to announce that tonight the Council’s Committee on Finance passed the Retail Plastic Bag Reduction Act that I introduced last year. This initiative is a thoughtful and measured approach to reducing the number of carryout plastic bags distributed and our dependence on them in our communities, and the adverse effects they have on our environment.

Over the past several months I have visited every corner of the city, met with various groups including the Racial and Environmental Justice Committee, Zero Waste Providence, and other community stakeholders to ensure that we get this right. This updated legislation requires an implementation plan within 60 days of passage, along with quarterly progress reports from the City‘s director of the Office of Sustainability, no fee at point of purchase for consumers, and will involve a myriad of community partners to help with implementation, outreach and education.

The ordinance will be sent to the full Council for vote and passage.

To read the full ordinance visit the Open Meetings Portal here: http://bit.ly/plasticspvd

Jo-Ann Ryan, Majority Leader

Providence City Council

Councilwoman – Ward 5

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