Yesterday, the Santa Barbara City Council officially adopted an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags at supermarkets and drug stores. The ordinance includes a 10 cent charge for paper bags, according to Noozhawk.
The ordinance will ban single-use plastic carryout bags and require stores to charge 10 cents per paper bag. Stores will have to report to the city the number of bags given out, money taken in and educational efforts to reduce bag use.
The ordinance goes into effect mid-April, 2014 and will apply to convenience stores beginning Oct. 15, 2014.
With this action, Santa Barbara became the 85th California community to adopt a bag ban.