Napa, California, July 22, 2014 (PBBR) - The City Council of Napa, California passed the first reading of a plastic bag ban for the city. Known as the Single-Use Carryout Bag Reduction Ordinance, the measure was passed unanimously by Council.
The Council spent over an hour and a half in discussions and a public hearing before the vote was taken.
According to the Staff report, the City of Napa discards over 27 million plastic bags each year. The City has 13 plastic bag recycling bins but only 3%, or 81,000, of the bags are recycled. Napa Recycling collects over 1,000 pounds of plastic bags each day.
Set to take effect January 1, 2015, the ordinance will affect all retailers. Restaurants and public eating establishments will not be included in the new law.
The ordinance will prohibit all retailers from providing a plastic bag or regular paper bag to customers when they purchase goods. The ordinance mandates that a ten cents fee be charged by the merchant if a customer requires a recycled paper bag.
The ordinance is intended to reduce the use of plastic bags and promote the use of reusable bags within the City. However, a customer may bring to the store any type of shopping bag to use for her/his purchases.
Napa is the county seat of Napa County, famous for its wines. The first commercial winery in the county was opened in 1859 and was located within the current city limits of Napa. (1)
Learn more about Napa's Single-Use Carryout Bag Reduction Ordinance, visit the City of Napa website.
Reference: (1) Wikipedia
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