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ORDINANCE NO. 5368 <br /> AN ORDINANCE of the City Council of the City of <br /> Bremerton, Washington, adding a new chapter to the Bremerton <br /> Municipal Code, Chapter 6.20 BMC,regulating the distribution of <br /> single-use plastic and biodegradable carryout bags. <br /> WHEREAS, the Washington State Legislature in chapters 70.93 and 70.95 RCW <br /> has established that waste reduction as a priority in the collection, handling, and managing of <br /> solid waste for the benefit of public health and for a healthful, clean and beautiful environment; <br /> and <br /> WHEREAS, the City of Bremerton ("City") desires to conserve resources, reduce <br /> greenhouse gas emissions,waste, litter, and marine pollution, and to protect the public health and <br /> welfare, including wildlife, all of which increase the quality of life for the residents of the City; <br /> and <br /> WHEREAS, the Department of Ecology's litter survey states that plastic bags and <br /> film are one of the ten most littered items in Washington State,by weight; and <br /> WHEREAS, the United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that <br /> 380 billion plastic bags and wraps are consumed in the United States, annually; and <br /> WHEREAS, The City's plastic bag consumption is estimated to be approximately <br /> 12 million, annually; and <br /> WHEREAS, only approximately 0.5%of plastic bags and wraps are recycled; and <br /> WHEREAS, decreased reliance on single-use carryout bags contributes toward <br /> the goals of conserving energy and natural resources while reducing greenhouse gases and litter; <br /> NOW, THEREFORE, <br /> THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BREMERTON, WASHINGTON, <br /> DOES HEREBY ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS: <br /> SECTION 1. Recitals. The recitals set forth above are hereby adopted and <br /> incorporated as if set forth herein in full. <br /> SECTION 2. A new chapter, Chapter 6.20 entitled"Carryout Bags", is hereby <br /> added to Title 6 of the Bremerton Municipal Code to read as follows: <br /> Chapter 6.20 <br /> CARRYOUT BAGS <br /> 6.20.010 DEFINITIONS. <br /> The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of the <br /> 1 <br /> Chapter 6.20 BMC- Carryout Bags <br />