Carp Bag Ban Goes Into Effect

Thursday, November 8, 2012
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Carpinteria’s ban on single-use bags in its large commercial stores — Albertsons, CVS, Rite Aid, and Vons, and Kim’s Market — went into effect last week. The City Council approved the ordinance in 2010 and later settled a lawsuit with the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition after the law was tweaked to allow smaller stores and restaurants offer recyclable, single-use paper bags. The cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara and the county as a whole are working to implement a similar bag ban. All jurisdictions are helping to pay for an environmental impact report drafted by BEACON, the Beach Erosion Authority for Clean Oceans and Nourishment.


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I went to Carp last week and of course I left all my reusable bags at home because I wasn't planning to be there.

Albertson's was really nice, giving me two semi-reusable bags (I say semi because they look like they'll fall apart after a few uses) for free rather than charge me for a new bag. Not sure if this is a regular thing or if I looked extra pathetic....

Native1 (anonymous profile)
November 8, 2012 at 6:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

They should start using their old boxes like Smart and Final and Costco.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
November 8, 2012 at 9:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

And the Republic of Carpinteria still stands.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
November 8, 2012 at 9:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

From a legal viewpoint, it turns out Carpinteria may not have needed to exempt restaurants after all.

A NorCal court has rejected a plastic bag industy lawsuit and ruled San Francisco's bag ordinance can include restaurants:

I've been taking reusable bags to the supermarket for years now. The thin ones don't hold up as well as the thick ones (UCSB Bookstore has some really tough bags I've used to haul rocks). Best to wash using the Delicates cycle.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
November 8, 2012 at 1:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Interesting links, EastBeach!

I think that restaurants should be able to give out recycled paper bags if not plastic. I can't think that it's practical to bring your own reusable bag to a restaurant just in case you end up wanting to take home a doggie bag. Paper seems like it would insulate better (without sweating and ruining food) than plastic anyway!

Native1 (anonymous profile)
November 8, 2012 at 1:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I think the box idea is great.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 8, 2012 at 1:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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