Truckee— The Town Council fully enacted a citywide ban on single-use plastic bags in a unanimous consent vote. The ban, initially approved on November 18, had to be confirmed at a second reading to take effect per the city’s standard legislative procedure. Plastic shopping bags will be phased out in Truckee starting June 1, 2014. With Truckee, 89 California cities and counties have banned now plastic bags, only 11 away from 100. One in three Californians live somewhere with a plastic bag ban in effect or coming into effect.
“This important commitment for Davis shows yet again that we can achieve lasting victories for our environment,” said Nathan Weaver with Environment California. “Phasing out plastic bags is the right choice to protect Lake Tahoe and our rivers and parks. I applaud the Town Council members for their leadership on this issue.”
Single-use plastic bags are one of the most common garbage items removed from California’s beaches by Ocean Conservancy volunteers. They are a direct threat to ocean wildlife, like the sea turtles that mistake them for edible jellyfish. One in three leatherback sea turtles studied had plastic in their stomachs, most often a plastic bag, according to an analysis of over 370 autopsies. A study by the Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association found that plastic shopping bags alone make up as much as 8 percent of the garbage that reaches the San Francisco Bay.
“Nothing we use for a few minutes should pollute the ocean for hundreds of years,” commented Weaver.
Environment California is a state-based, citizen-funded, environmental advocacy organization working toward a cleaner, greener, healthier future.