Proposed Plastic Bag Ban to be Discussed at Informational Meetings

Three sessions are scheduled in the next three weeks.

Danville residents, restaurateurs and merchants are invited to attend three upcoming information sessions regarding a proposed ordinance in Danville that would prohibit retailers and restaurants from distributing single-use carryout plastic bags.

State legislators are currently at work on Senate Bill 270, state law that would ban plastic bags for retailers and grocers on a limited basis. The Town Council may consider an ordinance for Danville that would ban the bags on a wider scale, including retailers and restaurants not affected by the proposed state law. Details on the proposed ban can be found atwww.danville.ca.gov/plasticbags.

The Town will hold three information sessions over the next two weeks, to provide background on the ordinance as well as receive feedback from residents and the business community.

The information session this week is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. July 9, 2014. Next week, sessions will be held at 8:30 a.m. July 15, 2014 and 7:00 p.m. July 16, 2014.  

All sessions will be held at the Veterans Memorial Building, 115 E. Prospect Ave.

For more information, contact Assistant to the Town Manager Nat Rojanasathira at (925) 314-3328 or nrojanasathira@danville.ca.gov.

—Information submitted by Town of Danville

What do you think about a plastic bag ban for Danville? Tell us in the comments section.

David R Keyes July 09, 2014 at 03:49 PM
I use the bags around the house so they will be missed, but I agree it is wasteful. China outlawed bags for shopping and eliminated 2 Billion bags and 25M barrels of oil PER DAY, 2/3rds their total usage. I think we can cut into our 100 Billion bags a year.
Amanda McDonell July 10, 2014 at 04:46 PM
I absolutely support the ban. I've been using reusable bags for years, I have some in each vehicle so I am never without one. Plastic bags should have been banned years ago, as with plastic bottles (just my opinion). Plastic bags are extremely wasteful and I would love to see Danville adopt a plastic bag ordinance. A small step for a huge cause.
hhill824 July 11, 2014 at 10:31 AM
As an RN, I feel the need to play Good Samaritan and point out that evidence shows reusable bags pose a viable health threat to any community. Norovirus has been found on reused bags, which although miserable for an adult, can cause death in young children and the elderly. Bags left in hot cars will have a greater proliferation of bacteria, as they have basically been left in a petri dish to grow. "In 2010, University of Arizona researchers tested 84 bags collected from shoppers in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Tucson, More than half were contaminated with bacteria. Twelve percent of the bags contained E. coli, a sign of fecal matter, and many contained even more dangerous pathogens." You can read the story here: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/06/25/20100625reusable-shopping-bags-health-risk.html One option is to wash the bags in Hot water after every single use. However, studies show that only 1 in 3 people wash them at all. So, basically 66% of the recycled bag using population is currently bringing potentially contaminated items into community areas on a regularly basis. One could even argue that you are simply transferring the waste and cost of plastic bags to healthcare costs. And having worked in hospitals, I can tell you that they burn through more plastic than grocery stores. And we should all be very grateful that hospitals do not recycle or reuse plastic. Nonetheless, if you do use recycled bags, please follow the food safety directions here: http://www.foodsafety.gov/blog/reusable_bags.html. Note the article: Reusable Grocery Bags: Keep em Clean, While Going Green.
Bob Oxenburgh July 11, 2014 at 01:15 PM
Good advice from RN, but note that study was funded by the American Plastics Council to provide opposition to an earlier bill going through the CA assembly AB 1998 to ban limited use plastic bags. E-coli is of course present in healthy human beings and animals. There are many strains of E-coli. It's all so complicated! But using less is on the whole a good thing for our poor besieged planet.


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