Ventura County

Ojai Plastic Bag Ban

Victory | April 10 2012

Plastic Pollution

The Ojai City Council passed a final reading of a carryout bag ordinance on April 10th 2012 that bans plastic checkout bags at all retailers and place a ten cent fee on paper bags at most stores as an incentive for people to remember their reusable bags. Ojai is a leader in California by being the first city in Ventura County to ban plastic bags. Congrats to the chapter activists and the Ojai Valley Green Coalition for their efforts.

Plastic Pollution

Rise Above Plastics is designed to eliminate the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.

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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.

Ventura County Chapter Contact: Bob Davidson, bobdavidson7@gmail.com