Our Oceans Need Your Help!

Voice your support for an ordinance to reduce plastic bag pollution in Santa Barbara.

Californians use over 13 billion plastic bags every year, and only 3% are recycled.  This translates into 150,000 tons of plastic going to our landfills or ending up on our beaches, creeks and roadsides as litter. Taxpayers and local governments spend millions of dollars each year to clean up this unsightly litter. Cities and counties across California are taking action to prevent plastic bag pollution by banning disposable plastic shopping bags, and the time has come for Santa Barbara to finally join the growing effort to address this costly environmental problem.

The Santa Barbara City Council will consider a single-use bag ordinance at their October 1st City Council meeting, which they will hopefully adopt soon after. The ordinance would enter into effect in the spring of 2014.

Channelkeeper has been a lead advocate for action to reduce disposable bag use on the South Coast for six years.  To date, 60 single-use bag ordinances have been adopted in California, covering 81 municipalities and 31% of the state’s population. Carpinteria and Ojai have had bag ordinances in place since the summer of 2012. Tell the Santa Barbara City Council you support their adoption of a single-use bag ordinance now.

Take Action

Send an email or make a personal phone call to Santa Barbara City Councilmembers to let them know you support an ordinance to mandate reductions in the use of disposable shopping bags.

Santa Barbara City Council Contact Information

Phone: (805) 963-0611

Emails: hschneider@santabarbaraca.gov, ghouse@santabarbaraca.gov, hwhite@santabarbaraca.gov, fhotchkiss@santabarbaraca.gov, rrowse@santabarbaraca.gov, dfrancisco@santabarbaraca.gov, cmurillo@santabarbaraca.gov

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

City of Santa Barbara Mayor and Councilmembers
City Hall
P.O. Box 1990
Santa Barbara, CA 93102-1990

Subject: Single-use bag ordinance

Dear Mayor and Councilmembers,

I am concerned about the environmental and economic costs associated with the use of disposable shopping bags. Cities and counties across California and the nation are taking action to prevent plastic bag pollution by banning disposable plastic grocery bags, and I believe the time has come for Santa Barbara to join the growing effort to address this costly and unsightly environmental problem. I strongly support and urge you to adopt a plastic bag ordinance in Santa Barbara at your October 1st City Council meeting.

Sincerely,

Your Name
Your City

Thank you for your time and activism! And remember to bring your reusable bags for all your shopping needs!