Feb 28 - Carpinteria and Others Surge Ahead with Bag Bans

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It's only a matter of time before the plastic grocery bag becomes extinct, and environmentalists are looking forward to that day.

Carpinteria

Yesterday evening the City of Carpinteria initially approved the first reading of a single-use bag ordinance.

Currently, the draft ordinance proposes to ban both paper and plastic bags from larger stores, while allowing paper bags at smaller retailers and restaurants. If passed, it would be one of the strongest policies against all types of single-use carryout bags. A final vote and reading is scheduled for March 12.

Read the staff report and draft ordinance on the City of Carpinteria website.

Ojai

This evening the City of Ojai is poised to be the first in Ventura County with a bag ban. It will hold a hearing on its negative declaration study of its ordinance to ban plastic bags in all retail stores and restaurants. Grocery stores will be allowed to distribute paper bags with a 10 cent minimum price requirement.

Read the negative declaration and draft ordinance on the Ojai website.

Take action here. You can also support the Ojai bag ordinance by attending the hearing and making a public comment. The meeting starts at 7:30 pm tonight in the Council Chambers of City Hall (401 S. Ventura Street, Ojai, CA). Click here to see the agenda (item 2).

Laguna Beach

Further south, the City of Laguna Beach will have a second reading of its ordinance tonight to ban plastic bags and place a 10 cent minimum price requirement on paper bags in all retail stores. Read the staff report on the Laguna Beach city website.

You can support the Laguna Beach bag ordinance by attending the meeting and making a public comment. The meeting starts at 6 pm tonight in the City Council Chambers of City Hall (505 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, CA). Click here to see the agenda (item 20).

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