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City of Ojai Bans Plastic Bags

This week in bag ban news the idyllic hamlet of Ojai is on course to become the first city in Venturaplastic bag ban County to ban single use plastic bags.

The Ventura County Star reported that the Ojai City Council passed the ordinance but it will still require council’s approval later this month to be officially deemed a law.

Ventura County is bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Ojai is situated in a valley fifteen miles inland from the coast. Ojai’s surrounding mountains drain into the Ventura River and the river eventually drains into the ocean taking with it whatever it collects on its natural way out to sea.

Storm drains throughout Ventura County are marked with “Don’t Dump! Drains to Ocean” to remind citizens to be mindful of their potentially harmful daily activities. The Ojai City Council decided to ban carryout plastic bags before anymore can catch the wind or a wave out to the ocean.

Single use plastic bags will no longer be available at retail establishments but can be given out at restaurants. There will also be a ten cent charge for paper bags that stores will keep to cover the cost of providing recyclede bags and monitoring how many bags they are selling. The city council hopes the fee will deter people from relying on the stores for bags and encourage them to start bringing their own. The ban does not apply to bags used in the produce and meat aisle of grocery stores.

The ordinance will go into effect on July 1st and stores who do not comply will face “escalating series of penalties.”

Terry Starr of Starr Market in Ojai, a known for its carpeted floors, submitted a letter against the ordinance. He expressed concern about the overall sanitary condition of bags brought into their store and the inconvenience it would cause customers to have to wait for their resulting number of bags to be totaled at the end of the transaction.

ojai by tom2Other concerns voiced on the Ojai Valley News blog were: how will the ban affect tourism and how will low and fixed-income families or individuals pay for re-usable bags or the ten cent fee?  Tourism is not expected to take a hit from the ban and hopefully the Ojai community known for its peace, love and happiness vibe can come together to reach a solution for people on low or fixed incomes. Waiving the fee? Handing out free bags donated by a store or organization?

Other California communities with bag bans in the works are: San Francisco, Dana Point and Carpinteria among several others. Has anyone heard anything about the Los Angeles City Council‘s efforts to get a bag ban on their books?

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Samina Cabral is a native Southern Californian who now resides on the shores of Lake Erie in Northeast Ohio. Samina and her husband believe that sustainability starts in the home and try to live their lives as simply as possible without compromising comfort.

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1945: Delivered to US Army.

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