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No More Plastic Bags In Santa Monica

No More Plastic Bags In Santa Monica


It’s official. No more single-use plastic bags in Santa Monica, California.

The ban on plastic bags that was passed by the City Council in January took effect last Thursday, September 1.

26 Million Plastic Bags Each Year In Santa Monica

According to city officials, 26 million plastic bags get used each year in Santa Monica alone, contributing not only to the city’s carbon footprint, but to the bags that foul up local beaches and devastate marine life. It wouldn’t be a problem if more people recycled them, but according to the Los Angeles Times, less than 5 percent of L.A. County shoppers actually recycle their bags.

All the rest get thrown out.

The ban will significantly reduce that wastage by cutting single-use plastic bags out of grocery stores, convenience stores, liquor stores, pharmacies and mini-mart, and restricting them in other places, including the various Farmers’ Markets.

“Did You Bring Your Own Bags Today?”

Checkers will no longer be asking “Paper or plastic?” but rather “Did you bring your own bags today?” Shoppers who don’t bring their own reusable bag will be able to buy paper bags for 10 cents each.

As KABC News reports, earlier this year, a study by scientists at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at UC San Diego found plastic in nearly one in 10 small fish collected in the Pacific Ocean and estimated that fish are ingesting as much as 24,000 tons of plastic annually.

The study raised concerns that plastic pollution may be climbing the food chain into seafood consumed by humans.

Same Ban In Effect In Unincorporated Los Angeles County

Unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County passed the same ban last November, and it went into effect on July 1, 2011. The California Grocers Association said they favored a statewide ban to make the rule easier to implement, but that hasn’t happened yet.

Other cities that have banned plastic bags include San Francisco, Mexico City, Dhaka in Bangladesh  and Oyster Bay in Australia.

Makes sense to me.


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8:28AM PST on Dec 22, 2011

Let the awareness spread among more and more cities

8:17AM PST on Dec 20, 2011

plastik-poser flyver rundt-- tak til stof-poser

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12:01AM PDT on Oct 4, 2011

Thank you for another good result.

7:19PM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

Sounds like a good idea. Plastic bags are out of control. If stores say you have to carry your groceries or buy a new bag, more people will remember their bag. Change doesn't come easy but it's a habit we all have to get used to.

3:35AM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

i stared to prepare paper bags and avoided plastic bags.

5:28PM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

Also, Huntington Beach in California is considering banning bags.

11:19PM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

Yes! We need to get a lot more states on board though!

12:49AM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

Fantastic news regarding Santa Monica's decsion to ban plastic bags - lets hope all other cities throughout the world will follow suit!

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