On July 10 the city of Santa Cruz, California became the 50th city to live plastic bag free.

“Almost one third of the state now live bag free,” said Dan Jacobson, legislative director for Environment California. “Now we need the California legislature to pass a statewide ban on single use plastic bags.”


Member agencies will now weigh in on model ordinance


The Humboldt Waste Management Authority's member agencies are one step closer to being able to weigh in on an ordinance that would ban single-use plastic and paper bags.

The joint powers authority board of directors last week reviewed and accepted the model ordinance and discussed ways to satisfy requirements set down by the California Environmental Quality Act, according to HWMA Programs Manager Brent Whitener.

HWMA is developing an initial study to see if a full environmental impact report is needed to satisfy CEQA requirements and protect the authority's member agencies from lawsuit, Whitener said. That process will take 90 to 100 days, he said.


Los Angeles is becoming the nation's largest city to ban plastic bags at grocery stores in an increasingly widespread move to conserve the environment.

The City Council voted 13-1 Wednesday to approve a policy that would ban single-use plastic bags later this year after an environmental impact report is completed and an ordinance is adopted.

Ordinance will be formally adopted next month


The Ukiah City Council Wednesday unanimously approved introducing a ban on disposable plastic bags used by grocery stores and other businesses -- but restaurants will still be able to use them.


Great news!  Ray’s McKinleyville has stopped offering plastic bags at checkout! AWESOME! This voluntary change in bag policy, if successful, will be adopted at other stores.  So far Ray’s McKinleyville shows a decrease in bag costs since consumers are bringing their own bags. Let’s all let Ray’s McKinleyville know we are stoked with this new policy.  Call the store (839-4413) or stop by and give your thanks. Way to go Ray’s McKinleyville! 


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It’s time for Humboldt County and its cities to ban the single-use plastic shopping bag.

According to the Humboldt Waste Management Authority, 60 million plastic bags were used in Humboldt County last year. That’s a bag each day of the year for every man, woman and child in the county — and only about 4 percent of those bags get recycled. Many of these bags wind up on our streets, in our parks, on our beaches, in our rivers and in our ocean. And they won’t be going any­where for a long, long time.