On July 21, 2015, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors will consider the adoption of a Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban and its related EIR (which can be found here) for the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County. This law would be very similar to locally approved single-use plastic bag bans in the cities of Santa Barbara, Ojai, and Carpinteria.
This ban would affect supermarkets, pharmacies, food markets, and liquor stores. These stores would now only have reusable bags for sale or bags made out of recycled paper that would cost 10 cents per bag.
Larger stores like supermarkets and large chain pharmacies would be impacted by this law on March 22, 2016. Smaller stores like neighborhood markets and liquor stores would be affected on September 24, 2016. It is estimated that there are 8 larger stores and 66 smaller stores that would be affected within the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County.
If you have any questions about the status of this ordinance and related EIR please contact Carlyle Johnston at (805) 882-3617 or e-mail him here.