The City of Napa, like cities and counties across the country, is in the process of instituting a plastic bag ban in an effort to prevent pollution and save money. This will reduce litter and waste as well as contamination in recycling and composting programs—in turn, reducing costs to taxpayers in the City of Napa. In addition, the law will improve water quality in our rivers and streams, the Bay, and the ocean by reducing plastic bag pollution.
In the City of Napa alone, it is estimated that 27 million plastic bags per year are discarded, yet only about 3percent of these are recycled properly. The rest end up in our landfills, on our streets and roads, and in our waterways. Napa Recycling and Waste collects about 1,000 pounds of these bags per day.
Currently, more than 100 other cities in California have similar bag laws in effect and the results are impressive. These communities have seen a 95 percent decrease in plastic bag use, a 30 percent decrease in paper bag use, a 59 percent decrease in litter on streets, and a 60 percent decrease in litter in waterways.
- Share this information with your friends and colleagues and ask them to do the same with their networks
- Send a letter to the editor to show your support for the single-use bag reduction ordinance. The Frequently Asked Questions document located on the City of Napa website is full of helpful information and background. Letters to the Editor can be sent via: http://napavalleyregister.com/app/pages/vn/opinion/
- Send your input and comments to the Napa City Council prior to the meeting on July 22. All Council correspondence can to sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to put "Single-Use Bag Reduction Ordinance" in the subject line.
- Attend the City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 22 at 6:30 pm and speak during the public comment period. If public speaking makes you nervous, attend to show your support and be counted.