Over the past 3 years or so, I have been very involved in the efforts to get a reusable bag initiative here in Tacoma. A push away from single-use plastic bags, something that seems so reasonable, and yet so fraught with quasi-political tomfoolery. It’s not that bag bans can’t be done; a quick look at Portland, Seattle, Bellingham, Olympia, Mukilteo, Edmonds and many others will show how quickly and efficiently the idea can be put into action. For some reason, Tacoma’s elected leaders have been more deliberate in their consideration of the issue, and even now they hardly seem like they really know how to vote on the issue.
The Sustainable Tacoma Commission has recommended that a bag ban be enacted. Citizen response, although not a resounding level of support, has been positive. This is the time when the community has to lead, where the people show their leaders the direction that we want to go. There’s an opportunity to do just that this evening, at a Disposable Shopping Bags Public Forum hosted by the City of Tacoma’s Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability. It’s at the Tacoma Public Library, Main Branch, in the Olympic Room (1102 Tacoma Ave. S), from 6 – 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29.