Palo Alto to ban plastic bags

The City Council of Palo Alto, California, last week plans to ban single-use plastic checkout bags as well as imposed a fee on single use paper check out bags from large supermarkets effective September 18, 2009.

The City Council said their Bring Your Own Bag campaign conducted between April 1, 2008 and January 31, 2009 had been successful in changing consumer behavior at large supermarkets. A survey was said to have found the use of reusable bags doubled over the timeframe of the program from 9% to 19% of customers. Those taking no bag increased from 7.6% to 16.2%.

“Palo Alto now concludes that the community carbon dioxide emissions total from grocery store checkout bag use immediately after implementation will decrease to 169 metric tons/year.” – City Council, Palo Alto, California

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) released a statement saying the City Council’s action will mean many fewer places will be available for those in Palo Alto to bring their plastic bags, dry cleaning bags, plastic newspaper bags, and numerous other plastic wraps for recycling.


“The City’s action potentially creates a crater in statewide recycling efforts because grocery stores otherwise required by state law to offer recycling will no longer be required do so.”- ACC



2 Responses to Palo Alto to ban plastic bags

  1. wow gold 25 March, 2009 at 2:05 am #

    Indeed. If people would go back to using paper bags or any reusable bag that would fit most of the groceries, there’s no need to use plastic bags anymore. Also, if you can just simply carry or fit the item in your bag, don’t ask it to be placed in the plastic anymore.

  2. puppy playpen 11 December, 2009 at 2:47 pm #

    It would help out the environment so much if people started to use paper bags or other biodegradable bags just think of all the waste that is created, fortunately superstores are now looking towards these kinds of things.

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