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April 16, 2010

Santa Cruz county Green-lights Plastic Bag Ban

KSBW.com 4.13.2010

"Santa Cruz County supervisors have given the green light to a shopping bag ordinance that would ban the use of plastic bags and impose a surcharge on paper bags. Before the new ordinance goes into effect, however, an environmental study must be conducted, which could delay the new law by more than a year. The ban would have shoppers in the county provide their own bags to take groceries home - or pay a 10-cent fee for paper bags."

Read the article here.

Our Take: It's always good news when a municipality takes action on the plastic bag issue - and it's a smart twist to charge for plastic bags. However, instead of bag bans, bag fees designed to curb consumption are smarter, market-based solutions. Ireland's PlasTax, for example, reduced plastic bag consumption by more than 90% in the first year alone.


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The idea of a tax could be very useful for the local gub'ment. Wish Colorado would do something like that. All it takes is California to start doing that, before we follow.

*fingers crossed*

Simon Sisneros

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