Napa City Council Pursuing Single-Use Plastic-Bag Ban

Posted by — March 25, 2013 3:49 pm

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Napa City Council members are unanimously in support of the idea of a ban on single-use plastic bags after listening to comments from 16 people at a recent meeting.  Grassroots group Napa Valley CanDo has led the way in gaining support for the ban, and in May 2012, the city implemented a sustainability plan, which included a strategy to get rid of single-use plastic bags.

According to Senior Civil Engineer Julie Lucido, studies have indicated that each Californian uses 531 plastic bags per year, which adds up to a total of 20 billion bags used statewide each year. In Napa, the single-use bags may not be recycled in the curbside blue bins, because they get tangled in the equipment at the recycling facilities.  Some grocery stores have pick up stations for recycling the bags but less than 5 percent of them actually end up at these recycling stations.

“I think this is a great first move in our public sustainability plan,” Councilwoman Juliana Inman said. “These things are a mess, they’re everywhere and people have not gotten the message that these single-use plastic bags do not go in the recycling bins. We’ve tried education, we’ve done Better Bag Month, and I think it’s time to take the next step.” (Read Article)

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