Aurora City Council Meeting--agenda packet
Monday, February 22 at 6:30 p.m.

The Aurora City Council will be moving to postpone the second and final hearing of the “Healthy Kids Meals Ordinance” until June 14, 2021. The sponsor of the ordinance, Councilmember Lawson, reached out to the CRA before postponing her ordinance stating her concern for the timing of the proposal when restaurants are already dealing with a rapidly shifting regulatory landscape.

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Golden City Council Meeting--agenda
Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m.

The Golden City Council will be considering an ordinance that will make small changes to the local program that allows for business permits for seasonal use of the downtown area parking lanes for outdoor dining service in front of businesses. The amended ordinance will make it clear that if the local government determines that a specific parking lane area is needed by the community for parking or a City approved special event, the Council may choose to not allow the City manager to authorize a permit for that specified area. Additionally, if a permit is issued but not used within 30 days, the permit is subject to revocation.

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Town of Breckenridge - agenda packet
Regular Meeting
Tuesday, February 23 at 7 p.m.

The Breckenridge Town Council will be considering an ordinance that clarifies the regulation of plastic bags with in the local jurisdiction. The new administrative rules reiterate the unlawful use of plastic bags after September 1, 2021 and specify that paper bags must contain 40 percent recycled content material after that date. The regulations further clarify the changes in the exemptions and in the evidence needed to support the determination of exemptions. The Council also considered the future use of compostable plastic bags.

Compostable plastic bags are designed for specific industrial composting processes and must be recovered and composted in order to achieve the intended end of life benefits. However, through several pilot programs and operational experience, the Summit County Resource Allocation Park is unable to process compostable plastics with the intended beneficial effects. Therefore, they have not been accepted in the Summit County composting program. Additionally, compostable bags must be recovered/collected from the patron and diverted into the compost stream in order for the bag to reach the composting facility. The Town of Breckenridge does not have a community-wide system in place to collect compostable products (plastic or organic). Any compostable bags generated in the community result in trash. Anaerobic landfilling of compostable or biodegradable products results in the same methane generation process as any other material. For these reasons, Council determined that compostable plastic bags should be considered the same as plastic bags after September 1, 2021. After September 1, 2021 both Retailers and Restaurants are no longer allowed to carry plastic bags, paper bags that contain less than 40 percent recycled content, and compostble plastic bags. Retailers or restaurants who are currently using compostable plastic bags do not incur the disposable bag fee.

If this ordinance were to pass into law, both plastic bags and compostable plastic bags will be banned within the jurisdiction starting September 1, 2021.

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