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Capitola Plastic Bag Ban Sees Major Support

The list of organizations behind the plastic bag ban in Capitola is extensive. The ban will be discussed at Thursday's meeting of the Capitola City Council.

Plastic bags are already a thing of the past in Watsonville and in unincorporated Santa Cruz County. Capitola is looking to follow the trend, with a preliminary discussion of a ban at Thursday's meeting of the Capitola City Council.

According to city documents, "the proposed ordinance would ban the use of single-use carryout bags at retail businesses, require all paper carryout bags have a charge to be determined by the city council and encourage the use of reusable carryout bags in the city of Capitola, thereby reducing the number of bags manufactured, and the number that are released into the environment and disposed of in landfills."

The ban would not apply to restaurants, or to plastic bags protecting bulk foods in grocery stores, like those in the produce department.

The city report shows the ban would create no fiscal impact on Capitola.

The Central Coast Sanctuary Alliance presented the city council with a list of 100 businesses and groups in support of the ban. The list includes local staples like New Leaf Community Markets, Betty Burger, Cafe Cruz, Charlie Hong Kong and The Farm.

The agenda packet for Thursday's meeting shows that seven groups have written to the council in support of the ban, while one citizen wrote in opposition.

Earlier this year, former councilmember Kirby Nicol spoke out against plastic bag bans, calling environmentalists "the green jihad." 

Do you think Capitola should ban plastic bags? Tell us in the comments!

Rachell S. December 14, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Yes, of course. I see a lot of shoppers bringing their own bags now. I've been bringing my own bag since the 1980s.
Jennifer Creek Sant'Anna December 14, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Plastic bags and plastic pollution impacts the coast and since all water eventually flows to the ocean, coastal cities often bear the brunt of responsibility for cleanup. Banning plastic bags is a strong signal to other cities and towns on how serious Capitola is about preventing debris from becoming marine debris. Joining Watsonville, San Jose and Santa Cruz County is the way to go. Studies show that after only a month or so of the ban, we all adjust our behavior and no longer fret about the loss of a single-use product. Kudos to Capitola tonight!
Rachell S. December 17, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Good move, Capitola. It amazes me to hear shoppers complaining about the 25 cent cost of paperbags. If you bring your own, you are not charged anything. Just try to not forget them! It becomes a habit after a while. CVS has a green bag tag you purchase and you'll get $1 coupon everytime you use your own bag four times. Raley's has been donating 5 cents everytime you use your own bag to State Parks. New Leaf and Whole Foods donate to various non-profits when you use your own bag. When the Soquel Safeway started charging for bags, I'd kick myself when I'd forget to take mine in with me. But it's not the end of the world. I remember the next time, and then the time after that. This is a good thing. Thanks, Capitola City Council.

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