More Cities Contemplate Bans on Plastic Bags

Posted by — October 21, 2011 12:02 pm

Carpinteria, CA City Council discuss bag ban ordinance. Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Independent

The number of governments that are contemplating bans on plastic bags continue to grow, and as always, we encourage our readers to lend their support  by writing letters,  attending meetings to make their voice heard, and continuing to  take full advantage of their reusable bags!

Chicago, IL.  In Chicago,  Alderman Joe Moreno of the 1st Ward, will officially introduce an ordinance to ban plastic bags, to the Chicago City Council on November 2, 2011.  The proposed ban would effect retail stores larger than 5,000 square feet.  According to the Alderman,  he has already received overwhelmingly positive reponses from citizens and other members of the City Council, and is confident Mayor Rahm Emanuel would support the ordinance, as well.  It is estimated that Chicagoans use and throw away  3 billion plastic bags each year, clogging storm drains and wasting limited natural resources.

Newport, OR.  The City Council of Newport, Oregon this month voted to draft an ordinance which would ban the distribution of single-use plastic bags.   This action was in response to overwhelming support from citizens demanding that Newport take action against plastic ocean pollution. It is expected that the ordinance will be written and brought back to the City Council for a vote within the coming months.

Sacramento, CA.  The idea of a plastic bag ban will be introduced at the next City Council Meeting during the “Ideas/Comments” session, with an eye towards an ordinance patterned after the Los Angeles County plastic bag ban.  The meeting will be held on November 1, 2011 at 6pm.

Carpinteria, CA. Earlier this month, the Carpinteria City Council voted unanimously to draft an ordinance which would ban plastic and paper bags from retail establishments.  The ordinance is expected to be ready for a final vote next month, in November, with the bag ban gradually phasing into effect during 2012.  In April of this year, the Carpinteria Albertson’s voluntarily stopped offering paper and plastic bags to their shoppers, and while there was a temporary dip in their sales,  store officials stated that store sales resumed to normal levels within 3 weeks.

Huntington Beach, CA In a 4-3 vote by the City Council, the city of Huntington Beach decided to move forward with an Environmental Impact Report on the possible effects of banning plastic grocery bags.  Although the city government voted for the EIR, it is requiring environmental groups to pay the $30,000 that the study would cost.

Stay tuned for updates on the progress these communities are making, as well as other updates as they take place!

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