Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Homer City Council, with the passage of Ordinance 18-43, will again address a ban on thin, single-use plastic bags within the city of Homer. Public hearings on the ordinance will be held October 8 and October 15 with a second hearing and vote scheduled for October 22. Homer’s council approved an initial ban on retailers providing plastic bags of 2.25 mils in 2012 and the language in the most recent Ordinance 18-43 is essentially the same with provisions added to allow exceptions such as plastic bags used for frozen food and/or produce. A citizen’s initiative to overturn the city’s bag ban in 2013 was successful by a sizable margin of 56 to 44 percent, resulting in the removal of the city-wide, plastic bag ban. The Homer City Council approved Ordinance 18-43, stating:An Ordinance of the City Council of Homer, Alaska Prohibiting Sellers from Providing Buyers with Single-Use Plastic Disposable Shopping Bags. Council person Caroline Wenuti introduced and sponsored the current ordinance and voicing environmental concerns and the growing research on microplastics on seafood. The Homer City Council approved moving forward with public hearings on the proposed ban of plastic bags on Monday at the city council meeting; electing to re-open an issue which has generated a ban and a repeal initiative, all in the past six years.