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September 27, 2011

WILL PASADENA BAN THE BAG?

Posted by Anais Dervaes

"Committee discovered that some 86 million one-use plastic bags are used and discarded in Pasadena alone. Of those, 81 million end up in the landfill, or as litter, every year. " - Via Easy Green

The proposed amendment to the PMC will prohibit the distribution of single-use plastic carryout bags and establish a charge for the specified single-use paper carryout bags at drug stores, pharmacies, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience food stores, foodmarts, liquor stores, farmer markets, City sponsored events, events at City facilities, and any event held on City property. The intent of the amendment is to reduce consumer use of single-use carryout bags and accelerate a shift towards reusable bags by banning plastic carryout bags and placing a charge on paper carryout bags. The proposed amendment supports the City’s adopted Green City Action Plan goals of reducing landfill waste, reducing the use of disposable product category, protecting the watershed, conserving energy and natural resources, and helping to promote a clean and sustainable environment.

City Council will hold a public hearing to receive testimony, oral and written, on the above proposed Pasadena Municipal Code Amendment.  The hearing is scheduled for:

Date:             October 3, 2011
Time:            7:30 p.m.
Place:           Pasadena City Hall, Council Chambers, Room S-249 100 N. Garfield Avenue, Pasadena, CA  91101

At our Front Porch Farm Stand we ENCOURAGE our customers to BYOB ("Bring your own bag")  For those who forget customers kindly bring us their extra paper and plastic bags so we have a nice stash.  BTW, we could use some more bags!

Be a conscious consumer!  Check out our online store for sensible Reusable Bags & Containers

My favorites are  the Cotton Produce/Grain Bags  These bags are reasonably priced and great for storing grains, herbs and produce.  Now if we could just go back to flour sacks.... perhaps we could make our own clothes.

Flour sack dress Photo courtesy of Living History Farm


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  1. We have a store here in little Pensacola that charges for bags! Granted, it's the discount grocery store and not many folks shop there but every little bit helps. I have made so many of our own re-usable bags that we either need to buy more groceries or I need to start leaving them on neighbors' front doors :)

  2. I wish our town would adopt this, too! One of the saddest things I see is plastic bags stuck on fences along the interstate as we cross the country, or bags caught up in tree limbs after a windstorm. Our local Kroger's was paying a nickle for every re-usable bag you brought in, but recently stopped. I wish they would charge for the plastic bags!

  3. Anais, almost every store in my city has a recycle bin at the store entrance for recycling plastic grocery bags. I've been recycling the plastic bags for years. The new manufactured lumber is made from the plastic bags. This lumber is used for decks, porches, benches, lawn chairs and many other things as well. Once a deck or porch is built using this plastic lumber, it never wares out, never rots, never fades, and comes in different colors. It seems like a great use for the millions of bags. It's sad to think that the only way to get folks to recycle is to make them pay if they don't. Have a great California day in the garden.

    • California has a mandatory bag recycling center law. Unfortunately, very very few people recycle the plastic bags. Our local home wast recycling coordinator (we have big curbside blue bins) says the bags break the sorting equipment all the time, and can not be handled efficiently. And here is the interesting thing: Major grocery chains support the ban! They don't say so outloud, because of fear of offending knee-jerk anti-environmental groups. But the ban saves the stores significant money . . . The fee for paper bags more than covers the cost of them, as well as any administrative costs associated with accounting for paper bag sales; and yet the dime-a-bag cost is enough to remind consumers to BYOB.

      It is, unfortunately, a win-win-win situation.

  4. In Dec they started charging .05 per bag and used dropped 95%. This shows what good law can accomplish even if we aren't organized. What can we accomplish as an organized people?
    Becca recylce those bags at the Devares, or Krogers and then use reusable ones. If you even need a bag!

  5. BTW, the ban passed:

    Pasadena
    In November of 2011, the Pasadena City Council unanimously adopted a plastic bag ban with a 10 cent minimum price requirement on paper bags. Effective July 1, 2012 for large stores and supermarkets and December 2012 for convenience stores.
    From: http://www.cawrecycles.org/iss.....bags/local

    The text of the law:
    http://www.cawrecycles.org/fil.....inance.pdf

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