Now 65% of Watsonville’s Shoppers Bring Their Own Reusable Bags
Demonstrating the success of Watsonville’s single-use plastic bag ban in reducing their plastic waste, a recent survey conducted by Save our Shores at local stores, such as Target, Grocery Outlet and Mi Pueblo shows an amazing increase in the use of reusable bags. 65% of customers now use reusable bags compared to only 1% in 2011.
On April 24, 2012 Watsonville City Council passed their ordinance restricting the use of plastic and paper bags within the city. The one year anniversary is fast approaching. September 7, 2013 will mark the first anniversary of the City’s Bag Ban Ordinance, where the charge for paper will change from 10 cents per bag to 25 cents. This may provide even more incentive for people to use reusable bags instead.