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7 Facts About the Single-Use Bag Ban

Starting Friday, no more plastic bags Watsonville stores and paper bags will cost you a dime.

The in Watsonville starts Friday.

It's something many in Watsonville are proud of because the city is the first in the county to ban plastic bags (though they eliminated in the unincorporated area of the county back in March).

Still, the change . Remembering to bring bags into the store is a new habit to learn and hording enough canvas bags to carry out all your family's groceries may be hard in the beginning.

These facts may put your fears at ease.

  1. You won't need a duffel bag to carry your groceries. There will be bag give-aways at several Watsonville stores Friday. For example, city staff members will be handing out reusable bags at and on Freedom Bouelvard. Patch also has 500 bags to give away.
  2. Those who receive food stamps will also get free bags. The city won't ding your limited grocery budget for paper bag fees.
  3. Plastic bags still will be available in the produce and meat sections of the store so you can keep the raw chicken away from fresh berries.
  4. Worried about how to pooper-scoop? Save those produce bags as well as bread bags to use when Bodie goes for a walk. Here are some quick DIY projects to make your own pop bag dispenser by reusing other items like a milk jug or Kleenex box.
  5. The small fees shoppers pay for paper bags does not go to the city. Nope. The money goes back to the retailer to pay for the bags.
  6. You can still have a plastic bag to carry take-out, so won't spill on the way home.
  7. Will you sometimes forget your canvas bags? Totally. with , which went into effect in the spring. Other shoppers might shame you, or you may try to stuff all of your purchases in your pockets or purse.

The bag ban starts Friday morning. Stay tuned to Patch to find out where we'll be passing out free bags that afternoon.

SB September 07, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I shopped at Grocery Outlet last night (brought my own bags of course) but they have changed their bags there. Though they are charging per Becca's prodding (lol), the bags you are butying from them now ARE reusable! Not as strong as some of the more durable ones many of us use, but a great step / community gesture nonetheless. Kudos to G.O. owners Nate & Dawn! Steve
Steve Bankhead September 07, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Lucas: How can you expect to vote on community issues when we're often not even allowed to vote for our council representative, through means of an incumbent resigning just before their term ends, so the council majority can appoint a like-thinking crony? After that, of course, they run for election with the considerable advantage of incumbency, support of the Central Labor Council, SEIU, out-of-town financial contributions, etc. And ditto on Nancy Bilicich! It's very irritating to watch members of the puppet majority criticize her during meetings for daring to ask questions or even disagree with the city manager and staff instead of just smilingly rubber stamping their "recommendations."
Marlene September 08, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Hi Jennifer, I’m writing to you on behalf of the store manager at La Princesa Market on Freedom Blvd. Due to the plastic bag ban, I am inviting you to our September 15 & 16 store event. It would be nice if Patch can attend this event in an effort to help La Princesa Market advocate to its customers the importance of using reusable plastic bags for their grocery shopping as well as hand out free bags if possible. Thank you.
HizDesign September 10, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Yep.....but then agan, how DO we change anything? Is it really possible to change our CC? How about this one: How many Watsonville residents, (IF they actually KNEW they no longer elect 'their' Mayor, and haven't for years) how many of them would like to have that right returned? And if so, how do we make that happen?
Lucas September 11, 2012 at 06:21 AM
Why don't you go before them again and tell them how you feel about abortion, gun control, marijuana, gay marriage, etc. Maybe they will pass ordinances for you so the rest of us won't have to be bothered with forming our own opinions.

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