One month after Santa Cruz County's plastic bag ban went into effect, Save Our Shores Sanctuary Steward Michael Ray took a survey at three local Safeway stores. He asked 150 customers on their way out of the store if they had:
- brought their reusable bag with them
- paid the fee for paper bags at checkout
- not used/needed a bag at checkout
He found that 85% of people did not use paper bags at checkout.
This is GREAT news, as it shows that people are doing the right thing: bringing their reusable bags, or not taking a bag at all! The survey was taken back in April, and we except that the use of reusable bags has since increased.
Here's an update on bag bans around the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary:
- The City of Monterey's bag ban took effect on July 1, 2012. Monterey was lucky enough to escape legal pressure from the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition and passed their ban without too much hassle. SOS celebrated with Monterey by handing out hundreds of free reusable bags that day!
- The City of Carmel just passed their plastic bag ban and it takes effect on January 3, 2013. The Carmel city ordinance does not include a fee on paper bags for now, and incentives for customers to bring their reusable bags are being created.
- The City of Watsonville passed their plastic bag ban on April 24, 2012. It takes effect on July 24!
- The Santa Cruz County ban on single-use plastic bags took effect on March 20, 2012. After over 2 years in the making, and a lawsuit filed by the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition, this ordinance will protect our marine environment from the blight of plastic pollution.
- San Mateo County's REGIONAL ban is in the works! It will govern all 18 jurisdictions in San Mateo County, as well as 6 in Santa Clara County. It's estimated vote will take place in December. Take Action to support San Mateo's region bag ban!