*UPDATE* 7/13/12 Capitola City Council delayed a vote on the plastic bag ban until after environmental review by City staff.
Capitola may soon join its neighboring coastal cities in banning the single-use plastic bag.
Tonight, City Council will consider a first reading of the bag ordinance. If approved, the ordinance must go through another reading before it is adopted. The ordinance would ban plastic bags and require an initial 10 cent charge per paper bag in all retail stores and restaurants.
See the agenda report and ordinance on the City website (Item 9E).
The meeting starts at 7pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall (420 Capitola Ave. Capitola CA). The item is last on the agenda hearings.
If you live in Capitola, stop by and speak in support of this ordinance!
Plastic bags cost Californians an estimated $334 million each year in cleanups, nuisance management, and higher grocery prices. They are a visual blight on our beautiful beaches, can be harmful to our marine wildlife and billion-dollar ocean based economy, and are not highly recyclable (3%) due to their easily airborne qualities. Find out more on our website.