Chapter: Ventura County
Launch Date: September 12 2011
Completion Date: April 10 2012
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.