The plastic bag ban now being crafted by the City of Santa Barbara

is long overdue and the right thing to do 52% 143 votes
Is illegal and immoral 3% 10 votes
Is unnecessary and just plain silly 43% 119 votes
272 total votes


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I guess there isn't anything more important for them to do?

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
March 22, 2012 at 9:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The people who think it's necessary aren't seeing the bigger picture! I admit it's a bit of a hassle in the beginning to remember to bring your own reusable bags to restaurants and stores but soon it will become a habit. We need to do our part in being stewards of our planet!! As for those worried about "take out" containers at restaurants the cost is only about a nickel per container. It's just not that difficult to do!

Liana (anonymous profile)
March 23, 2012 at 7:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The people who are pointing out necessity of the ban aren't seeing their own post admonishing the people who think it's necessary..

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 24, 2012 at 6:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Just wondering Liana,

Should we ban newspapers, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, gum wrappers, wine bottles, cardboard boxes, envelopes, magazines, tissues, batteries, Christmas wrapping paper, plastic egg shells, Styrofoam cups, glass, gas, oil, cars, planes, trains, etc., etc., etc....

Remember, after awhile without these it will just become habit...

Priceless (anonymous profile)
March 25, 2012 at 8:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I use plastic bags for numerous things, but one is to pick up dog doo. But it's OK for me to buy the little bags at the pet store to use to pick up dog doo?

Katydid52 (anonymous profile)
March 25, 2012 at 2:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I live in Bali, and this island is completely destroyed from plastics. The ocean is spewing bags on to the sand, completely covering beaches all over Bali. The rivers, you can see the high water line, as it's an endless string of red and black and clear plastic bags caught in the tree limbs. Irrigation canals, full and bubbling over in plastics. And the air, burning plastic everywhere, creating Dioxin, 50,000 times more toxic than the #2 most toxic airborne chemical. Plastic shouldn't be banned in SB. It should be banned worldwide. But, f it. As it's too late. The oceans are already stuffed to the gills, and the developing worlds are tossing like mad, so whatever SB does won't make a difference. - AB in Bali and Santa Barbara

andrewbaker77 (anonymous profile)
March 26, 2012 at 9:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Laws, laws, everywhere its laws
Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the law?

So I got me a pen and a paper and I made up my own little law
I said, "Thank you for thinkin' 'bout me, but I can Self Actuate, and have no need for your endless Laws. I'm just alive and doin' fine, without you."


howgreenwasmyvalley (anonymous profile)
March 26, 2012 at 10:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Plastic bags are now recyclable -- in your blue recycling bin. Why not spend more time and effort on letting people know that.

Moonrunner (anonymous profile)
March 26, 2012 at 8:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)


Great question!

At the City Council meeting that discussed these issues, there was doubt placed on whether plastic bags tossed into our blue bins really do get recycled.

According to someone who took a tour at Gold Coast Recycling, they haul our recyclable waste stream down to Ventura where the high-value plastics are picked out. Gold Coast then pays for the low-value left-overs, including plastic bags, to be shipped to another collector in the Inland Empire. From there, nobody seems to know where the bags go, but one person at Gold Coast was said to have surmised the bags are sent to Central America or other countries for burning, etc. That's because the market is not very good for that kind of plastic right now.

BTW, Marborg has been notifying customers about the updated blue bin rules.

And the City-sponsored "Where's Your Bag" program has been trying to educate the public about the virtues of reusable bags, but they report little change in consumer habits.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
March 27, 2012 at 6:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Georgy (anonymous profile)
March 28, 2012 at 9:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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