County Approves Plastic Bag Ban

Thursday, July 11, 2013
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The supermarkets and major markets in unincorporated Santa Barbara will soon be offering paper bags only at 10 cents apiece after the Board of Supervisors narrowly approved a ban on single-use plastic bags. The cities of Santa Barbara and Carpinteria have already enacted bans of their own, and Goleta has one in the hopper. Supervisor Peter Adam from Orcutt took exception to the ban, complaining it was an unfair imposition on residents of the landlocked North County. Bag ban adherents have tied their arguments to the damage plastic bags do to the marine environment. Santa Maria Supervisor Steve Lavagnino objected to the idea of a government-imposed ban in general, commenting that such acts are more typical to “third world countries” and “dictatorships.” The actual language of the county’s bag ban will be hammered out later this summer.


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Morons. God forbid the Supes should spend time on any real problems - like our defacto bankruptcy due to runaway growth of gov and pension liabilities.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2013 at 8:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Do you do a lot of shopping in unincorporated parts of the County?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2013 at 8:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

To Supervisor Sgt. Hulka once said "Lighten up Francis!!!!"

BeachFan (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2013 at 9:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)

There he goes just a walkin' down the street!

spiritwalker (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2013 at 9:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

No, Mr. Lavagnino, it is more in line with a community's leaders doing what is right for our environment. It is unfortunate that too many people in SB County do not have the sense to bring re-usable bags to the store voluntarily. The city of SB is already moving a plastic bag ban forward, Ken! Plastic is creating havoc for our marine ecosystem. Wake up!

vlhamilton (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2013 at 10:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Fukushima dumping 20,000 bequerels per liter into the Pacific is completely ignored by all levels of government, but a ban on plastic bags is going to save the oceans?

Wow, the s**t gets deeper with each passing minute!

spiritwalker (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2013 at 10:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The real morons our our state legislators who can't come together to put a statewide law in place, forcing municipalities to come up with their own bans, one-by-one. The City of Los Angeles just passed their bag ordinance last month:

Here's the long list of CA cities and counties that have adopted single use plastic bag bans:

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2013 at 10:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Nick really phoned this one in. Contrary to what the article says, the Board did not approve a ban on single-use plastic bags. All they did was direct staff to develop a draft Single Use Carryout Bag Ban ordinance for the unincorporated areas, and return at the end of Summer 2013 to report on the draft ordinance and to consider initiating CEQA review. Until the final ordinance is adopted, following CEQA review, there is no ban.

discoboy (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2013 at 11:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What supermarkets are in unincorporated regions?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2013 at 11:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Albertsons in Orcutt, for one.

discoboy (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2013 at 1:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Funny, I go to the beach all the time. Never seen a plastic bag once. Not on the beach nor in the water. I could think of a lot more things to ban than this...

Priceless (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2013 at 6:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Wake up people! Watch the multi award winning documentary Bag It and you'll never use another plastic anything! There are multiple alternatives to plastics. All you lazy people have to do is care, take the time and do it!

wastereduction101 (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2013 at 8:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Does this mean no more Choice Dudley and the POS? Oops I mean the POA?

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
July 12, 2013 at 2:05 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Another case of the Supes placating the enviroNazis. BTW, it is possible to be in favor of maintaining the environment (as I am) without being an enviroNazi and lobbying for stupid legislation at taxpayer expense (e.g. EDF).

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
July 12, 2013 at 8:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

For decades before the invention of plastic bags, grocery stores provided free paper bags. What has changed since then? Why a 10-cent fee now? The stores would no longer be buying plastic bags--plus, they all offer the option of (free) paper bags now--so why charge 10 cents? The real winners in this stupid plastic bag ban would seem to be the supermarkets.

RexOfSB (anonymous profile)
July 12, 2013 at 9:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Excellent point Rex! I've been wondering the same thing. Why do we need to pay for bags now when we didn't in the past? Is it a punitive measure meant to deter people from using paper bags and instead, bringing in their own stinky burlap sacks?

I also care about the environment and spend a lot of time teaching my children how to respect it. But this is just stupid. I call BS on this whole thing!

sacjon (anonymous profile)
July 12, 2013 at 10:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Does the 10 cents go to the county? When the city of SB was looking at charging for bags it was a TAX. Just another revenue generation for the city.
If the stores get to keep the 10 cents -- that is ok but ridiculous. Forcing a private company to charge for something they would normally give away free, too much government control. I buy $200-300 of groceries at a time and use 4-5 bags. Will 40-50 cents make me want to run home and get my reusable bags when I stop at the store without them? NO.
So what is the point?

loneranger (anonymous profile)
July 12, 2013 at 11:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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