On Wednesday, the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency voted to ban plastic bags throughout the county. The ban will apply to every city except Santa Rosa, which opted out of the countywide ordinance. Not to worry, the council has pledged to promptly adopt their own ban which mirrors the rest of the county. What this means is that flimsy, plastic carryout bags will be eliminated from every store in the county – a huge win for Sonoma County’s creeks and the Bay.
This ordinance has been 3 years in the making, so we are very excited to see the region step up its efforts to keep plastic trash out of the Bay. Although several Sonoma County cities do not touch the Bay, many of their waterways flow into it, carrying trash and other pollution from our communities. Every city in the Bay Area – with our without shorelines – has a responsibility to protect the Bay from pollution.
Congratulations to Sonoma County for joining 49 other jurisdictions in the Bay Area in kicking the bag habit!