Support for plastic bag bans is reaching a fever pitch in San Mateo County. In the last two weeks, three San Mateo County cities have adopted the county’s bag ordinance – South San Francisco, Pacifica, and Belmont. This regional effort, set in motion by San Mateo County Environmental Health, encompasses all of San Mateo Co. and six cities in Santa Clara County. Several cities have scheduled a vote for December and January, and we will continue encouraging
everyone else to prioritize this important pollution issue. If everyone jumps on the wagon, plastic bags will be banned from San Jose all the way up through San Francisco.
Many people don’t know that plastic bags haven’t been around very long – they were invented in the 1950s and became commonly used in the 1970s. Convenience comes at a cost, however – Save The Bay estimates that over one million plastic bags are released into the Bay each year, suffocating wetlands and threatening wildlife. As momentum grows to stop this toxic trash at its source, this could be the final chapter of the plastic bag era. How can you help make that happen? Tell your city to adopt a ban and prioritize litter-free communities and creeks.
Update 12/12/2012: The regional trend continues. Last week, Mountain View became the first city in Santa Clara County to adopt San Mateo County’s bag ban. The action doesn’t stop there – Daly City adopted the ban on Monday night, followed by Colma last night.
We’ll continue to update you as plastic bag ban fever sweeps the South Bay.
Update 12/13/2012: Another one bites the dust – Portola Valley adopted the ban last night!
Update 12/18/12: Some much needed good news – Foster City wrapped up this year’s progress on plastic bag bans in San Mateo County by voting unanimously last night to adopt the county’s ban. Here’s to more bans – and less plastic bags – in 2013!