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January 27:
Fix-It Clinic at the Patagonia Outlet in Salt Lake City
More details coming soon!

February 6:
Lunch & Learn 
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Department of Environmental Quality
More details coming soon!

March 1 & 2:
Intermountain Sustainability Summit
at Weber State in Ogden, Utah

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Thanks to all who joined us at our recent Fix-It Clinic! Check out the press coverage!
KSL
Dessert News
ABC 4 Utah

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Utah Pride Festival

Clever Octopus

Blended Table

Harmon's Emigration Market 

Film:
Minimalism

 

S.B. 196 - TELL YOUR SENATOR TO VOTE "YES"

Posted 3/7/2016

MARCH 7, 2016

TAKE ACTION TODAY on S.B. 196!

 Write/Call your senator today and tell them to VOTE “YES” on S.B. 196

Click here to find your representative.

 

S.B. 196 (Retail Bag Impact Reduction Program) is a bill that will reduce single-use plastic and paper bags in retail stores and incentivize reusable bags usage. Retailers will charge consumers $.10/bag used.

 

The bill passed out of committee last week by a 3-2 vote, BUT there’s no guarantee the senate will vote on the bill this week, the last week of the session. If the senate doesn’t vote on the bill before then end of the legislative session then it expires.

 

Benefits of S.B. 196:

  • Reduce the impact on landfills while promoting the use of more sustainable, reusable bags.
  • Encourage the development of recycling programs and education regarding the impacts of, and alternatives to, single-use retail bags.

 

Where does the $.10 fee go?

Department of Environmental Quality retains $.02 to:

  • Promote the use of reusable bags or other sustainable alternatives to replace single-use retail bags
  • Increase awareness of environmental impacts of single-use retail bags
  • Provide access to recycling bins and facilities in retail businesses and in areas of the community having limited access to recycling
  • Develop and implement strategies and practices to prevent and remediate litter
  • Educate the public about materials that are difficult to recycle and hazardous to the environment
  • Promote and facilitate recycling
  • Encourage environmental sustainability
     

$.04 is retained by the retail business.

Unincorporated county: retains $.04

Incorporated county: municipality and county retain $.02 each