Plastic bag era comes to an end in Palo Alto
For Palo Alto shoppers, the question “Paper or plastic?” officially becomes an anachronism Monday, as the city’s new ban on plastic bags takes effect at all retail locations and paper bags become a costlier commodity.
More than three years after the city’s ban on checkout plastic bags took effect at local supermarkets, the ban is spreading to all retail location thanks to a decision the City Council made in March. The new ordinance also means that retailers will now have to charge customers at least 10 cents for paper bags.
The law also bans plastic bags from local restaurants, though that provision isn’t kicking in until Nov. 1. Unlike other businesses, food establishments will have the option of providing paper bags free of charge. They will also be allowed to use plastic bags for soups and other liquid products.
The goal of the new replica watches uk ordinance is to reduce litter in local creeks and the Bay, according to Public Works staff. Officials point to a recent study from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, which reported that plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean grew a hundredfold over the past 40 years.
Plastic accounts for 60 percent of the litter in local creeks, according to Public Works.
“Last year we found about 350 bags during two local creek clean up events and a separate one month tally of bags found in the lower watershed. In addition, local photographers have also provided staff with photos of birds impacted at the Baylands. So we’re trying to address this global problem at a local level,” Julie Weiss, the city’s project manager for the ordinance, said in a statement.
Assistant Public Works Director Phil Bobel called the expanded ordinance “the next step in eliminating plastic bags in our creeks and San Francisco Bay.” The ordinance is expected to eliminate 20 million single use plastic and paper bags annually.
The city recommends that customers remember to bring their own bags by putting reusable bags near their doors or in their cars and keeping foldable bags in their pockets, backpacks and purses.
Poorly written article with a laughably wrong title.
The article itself states that restaurants have until Nov 1 to phase out plastic bags, so the era is not coming to an end today!!! Then they say that restaurants will be allowed to place soups in plastic bags after Nov 1. I also assume that we will still be using plastic bags in grocery stores for fruits and vegetables. So in conclusion the plastic bag era is not coming to a real end in Palo Alto.
oooh, the found 350 bags in two creek clean ups this year the world is clearly coming to an end now. Out how many bags is that??? Very typical misrepresentation of the “green” crowd that is parroted by the weekly
Followed a garbage truck on the highway not so long ago, it was gradually losing its load of recycled materials, bags, etc. and they were blowing all over the highway. That is probably where the bags in the creeks and Bay come from.
Everyone I know seems to be buying plastic bags from Ziplock, Glad, Hefty, etc. for all the uses the free bags were used (never call them single use as they were always used multiple times). Time to think about buying some Stock.
And by the way, bread is still double wrapped. Why???????
Finding a whole 350 plastic bags in two creek cleanups is NOT justification for inconveniencing 50,000 or more human beings! Period.
All this ordnance does is provide employment for yet another city staffer charged with dealing with yet another law and making the entire populace look elsewhere for their wastebasket liners, doggie doo sacks, etc. etc.
Since it will be harder to lay hands quickly on a bag every time taking dog for a walk, I predict this ordnance’s main result will b replica watche replica watches uk s uk e a couple hundred fewer bags to be cleaned from the creek and several thousand more replica watches uk dog turds to navigate around on our city sidewalks.
Another great job, City Council.
Resident you are correct, these are not single use bags. But is part of the ” green” propaganda machine to label them as such obviously ifmtheynused multiple times, they are not bad and that would undercut their brainwashing attempts.
Catastrophe you are correct, the weekly does blindly parrot those misrepresentations by the green crowd.
Wnythepaper charge the money goes to the store, so they are happy. They can charge you for whatbthey used to give away for free.
Bottom line, this is a ridiculous law. Fortunately, I have a few years supply of plastic bags squirreled away.
>>>Posted by Outside Observer, a resident of another community, on Dec 10, 2012 at 7:54 pm
Updated again for December 10, 2012. When will this stupidity ever end?
>>”Posted by Outside Observer, a resident of another community, on Jun 16, 2012 at 6:42 pm
Update to a Town Square posting I made back in January. The posting:
“San Jose passed one of those plastic bag bans, effective 1/1/2012.
Well, there is an ethnic market I often patronize in San Jose (better foods, service, customers, and much cheaper than American chains).