The History of Learn more about plastic bags and re- usable options: Plastic Carryout Bags www.cawrecycles.org • Plastic carryout bags were first introduced by retail stores in the U.S. in 1975. www.cleangreenbags.com • Grocery stores began distributing plastic www.epa.gov carryout bags at the point-of-sale in 1977. Plastic Carryout Bag www.kidsforacoolerplanet.com • By 1996, four out of every five grocery www.reusablebags.com stores distributed plastic carryout bags. www.zazzle.com/custom/bags Reduction Program The Fate of Plastic Carryout Bags • In 2002, Ireland introduced the first con- sumer plastic carryout bag fee (20¢ [U.S.] per bag). Within a year, the Irish PlasTax helped Ireland reduce consumption of the bags by 90%. • Australia, Bangladesh, China, France, South Africa and several other countries have adopted legislation to ban or to de- crease the use and impact of the plastic carryout bag. • In 2007, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to ban the use of non- biodegradable plastic carryout bags at all large supermarkets and pharmacy chains, followed by Malibu and Huntington Beach. OUR HOLIDAY GIFT TO Using a reusable bag saves an average THE ENVIRONMENT : of 6 plastic carryout bags per week. Join the City of Calabasas, in partner- GIVE UP PLASTIC BAGS That’s 24 bags a month, 288 bags a year, ship with Heal the Bay and Calabasas and 22,176 bags in an average lifetime. supermarkets, by participating in ON DECEMBER 18th If just 1 out of 5 people in the U.S. did “A Day Without a Bag”. Give up Public Works Department ‐ Environmental Services Div. this, we would save over one trillion single-use bags on December 18. 100 Civic Center Way, Calabasas, CA 91302 (818) 224‐1600 www.cityofcalabasas.com bags over our lifetime! Facts About How You Can Help Plastic Carryout Bags • “Just say no” to plastic carryout bags at check-out, especially if you only have a • Each year approximately 6 billion plastic few items you can hand-carry. carryout bags are consumed in Los An- geles County—that’s an average of 600 • Choose re-usable bags when shopping. Some grocery stores offer rebates for bags per person per year! Alternatives To bringing in your own bag. • The US consumes 100 billion plastic carryout bags annually. Plastic Carryout Bags • Re-usable bags typically hold more than plastic bags, are more durable, and can • The US uses 12 million barrels of oil per • Re-usable bags are the best alternative to be washed. year on the manufacture of plastic bags. plastic carryout bags. Re-usable bags typi- • Re-usable bags are available at most • Currently, less than five percent of plastic cally have handles, and are designed and grocery stores and online. Various bags are recycled. manufactured for multiple reuse. They are online stores even let you customize made of cloth or other durable material. your bag! What Is The Impact The widespread use of re-usable bags • Remember to bring re-usable bags with would conserve energy and natural re- Of Plastic Carryout Bags? sources, reduce the total volume of waste you when you shop. Don’t forget them at disposal in landfills, diminish plastic bag home or in the car! • Due to the low rate of recycling, most litter and help to promote a clean and sus- • Recycle paper bags if you use them. plastic bags end up in landfills or littered tainable environment. along our beaches, waterways, parks • Paper bags are widely available in stores and roads. and restaurants. They are heavier than • As litter, plastic bags kill millions of ani- plastic bags and are not easily blown by mals and sea creatures each year. Wild- the wind. Paper bags biodegrade in water life often mistake the bags for food, and are made from renewable resources, which can lead to starvation or choking. especially if recycled paper content is • In Los Angeles County, public agencies used. Paper bags also have a higher recy- spend tens of millions of dollars each cling rate, estimated at 21 percent by the year on litter prevention, enforcement US Environmental Protection Agency. and clean up. Plastic bags contribute greatly to this problem. • Carryout bags can create blockages in storm drain systems, decreasing the sys- tem’s ability to handle storm water runoff. A Plastic Carryout Bag Ban The City of Calabasas is drafting an ordinance to ban the distribution of plastic BYOB: Bring Your Own Bag. carryout bags at the point of sale. You carry the future!
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