Plastic bag ban passes in Homer, but fails in Sitka


Homer voters overwhelmingly passed a ban on single-use plastic bags that are typically given out in stores for customers to carry out their merchandise.

Prop. A, written with specific language and several exemptions, passed 748 to 406 in the City of Homer election on Oct. 1. Preliminary turnout was 28 percent.

Meanwhile, the same general question was asked of voters in Sitka, but that measure failed, 1,099 votes against it to 739 for the proposition. The Sitka ballot question was less specific than the question posed to Homer voters.

Communities such as Anchorage, Seward, Wasilla, and Soldotna have bans on the 2.5 mil thick bags. Homer previously had a bag ban, but it was repealed by voters, and Sitka has considered one since last year when the Sitka Assembly considered a fee on the plastic bags.


  1. It’s a shame that the Anchorage Assembly didn’t trust the voters enough to allow a public vote on a plastic bag ban.

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