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:
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The California Supreme Court upheld the right of cities to ban plastic bags, ruling Thursday that a full-scale environmental review may not always be needed to prohibit stores from giving bags to their customers.
Environmentalists lauded the unanimous decision, calling it a victory for environmental protection. But a lawyer for plastic bag makers said the manufacturers would continue to sue municipalities that impose bans without environmental impact reports.
The ruling overturned two lower court decisions and upheld a 2008 plastic bag ban by Manhattan Beach. Since that ban, nearly a dozen other local governments, including Los Angeles County, have voted to prohibit plastic bags, and other cities are considering such prohibitions.