Take action and contact the Santa Barbara City Council to let them know you support a citywide plastic bag ban at retailers. We need your support as this issue is slated to go the to the full City Council for a final series of votes in 2013.
Plastic bags are made from non-renewable resources such as natural gas and oil. Plastic bags do not biodegrade in our lifetimes and can impact wildlife when littered - in addition being an eyesore, costing taxpayer dollars to pick up, potentially clogging drains and possibly creating mosquito breeding grounds in warmer months. While plastic bags are recyclable, recent reports show a dismal 5% recycling rate from the 115 billion bags used nationwide.
In March 2012 the Santa Barbara City Council took the first steps to pursue an ordinance to reduce disposable bags in favor of reusable bags. Council voted 5-2 to pursue drafting a model ordinance that could potentially be used countywide and beyond to create a level playing field for businesses throughout the region. On May 22nd 2012, City Council voted 6-1 to have their staff draft the ordinance language and coordinate the appropriate environmental review which should be complete in Spring 2013.
We still need your support to show the Santa Barbara City Council that this is an important issue that needs to be addressed and a bag ban needs to be finalized!