I can understand the health reasons for banning plastic bags and the environmental argument for the discontinuation. For my own selfish reasons, I’ll miss those bags, it made life easier as a dog owner, they were great pooper scoopers. The single-use carry-out plastic bags, if ratified by the Davis City Council would no longer be distributed at all grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores and convenience stores. The ordinance would take effect starting on 1 January 2013. The ordinance would require stores to charge 10 cents for paper bags to encourage customers to bring reusable bags from home.Good news for those plastic bag lovers, smaller establishments would not be effected, yet.
The possibilities of lost revenue for Davis merchants has to be a real concern. Many Davis residents feel the cost of shopping locally is steep enough and the threat of an additional expense for paper bags, will more than likely push some, out to customer friendly businesses in Woodland and Dixon. A total of 42 cities and counties in California have passed similar ordinances. The State of California, due to over regulations have lost thousands of businesses and revenue to surrounding states. On a smaller scale is this the path our small town is heading? It’s very possible. The majority of folks in Davis diligently recycle and are staunch conservationist, but this ordinance might create a perception that Davis has a reputation where it’s difficult for people to shop.
Davis contributes about 22% of all the garbage that’s dumped at the Yolo County Landfill and 40% of that garbage are plastic bags. Reports suggest 50% to 60% of all the litter at the Landfill are made up of plastic bags. If these numbers are correct, Davis dispenses approximately 1/5 of all the garbage at the landfill, that suggest about 15& to 20% of all the plastic bags at the Landfill come from Davis. Will this ordinance start a trend for the rest of Yolo County? If not, then our efforts will make little difference if other parts of our County do not follow our statute. Are there other means to rid ourselves of the use of plastic bags, such as better education that would be more suitable than an ordinance that most likely will make some local residents find Woodland and Dixon very attractive for grocery shopping. Some people like to hear “paper or plastic” when out shopping. Please visit my website www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling a home, scan my blogs and easy access to view local area homes for sale in Davis, California and the surrounding communities.