Napa, California, May 12, 2014 (PBBR) - The City of Napa is working towards implementing a plastic bag ban with the intent of reducing plastic bag pollution.
The City Council plans to have the first reading of the "Single Use Bag Reduction Ordinance" in June. The new law will be phased in over the next six months and the full ban will be instituted on January 1, 2015.
The law will prohibit retailers from providing single-use plastic shopping bags to customers. Paper bags will be allowed to be used but a pass-through charge of ten cents per bag will be collected by the merchants. The ten cents charge is intended to encourage shoppers to bring reusable bags for their purchases.
Napa, in conjunction with the organization "Sustainable Napa County", will facilitate four community meetings regarding Napa's proposed Single Use Bag Reduction Ordinance. The purpose of the meetings is to address questions about the ordinance. The meetings will also help transition away from plastic bags to reusable bags for citizens and businesses.
Visit the City of Napa website for dates of the meetings and more information about the proposed ordinance.
Another local grassroots organization, Napa Valley CanDo, is organizing a county-wide push to promote reusable bags and to reduce the use of single-use plastic shopping bags. Other cities in Napa County are being encouraged to ban plastic bags.
One city in Napa County, St. Helena, considered a plastic bag ban in 2010 (see story). In July of last year, Napa Valley CanDo gave a presentation to the City Council of St. Helena about single-use carryout bags. In that presentation, NVCD estimated that Napa County discarded 51 million single-use plastic bags each year.
"The majority of the discarded bags are deposited in landfills," stated NVCD, "but a significant portion end up as litter, obstructing storm drains, or in the Napa River, the bay, or in the ocean."
Cover photo: Napa River Floodwall in Napa, California. Credit: Michael Nevins. This image or file is a work of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers soldier or employee, taken or made as part of that person's official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain.