A Fall 2010 research project showed that Arcatans use between 3 and 5 million single use plastic bags per year.

According to the study, conducted in partnership between HSU's Technology and the Environment students (Engr308) and the City of Arcata, the impacts of Arcata's single use plastic bag yearly habit include:

  • Total Gallons Diesel: 380 gal
  • Total Energy: 2,209,326 MJ
  • Total Emissions
    • CO2: 1,174,423 lb
    • CO: 399 lb
    • SOx: 6,888 lb
    • NOx: 3,224 lb
    • Particulate: 7,536 lb
  • Water Usage: 185,955 gal

 

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