Have you noticed that grocery stores around Ventura are not offering recycling bins out front for plastic bags and packaging anymore?
“The disappearance of plastic bag recycling options is because a provision in the 2006 legislation mandating recycling at locations distributing plastic bags allowed the requirement to expire last year”
Where to drop of film plastics for recycling:
Kohl’s – 4950 Telephone Rd. Ventura, CA 93003
Ralphs – 1776 S Victoria Ave, Ventura, CA 93003
Sprouts – 4870 Telephone Rd, Ventura, CA 93003
Target – 4200 E. Main St Ventura, CA 93003
Target – 245 S. Mills Rd Ventura, CA 93003
Vons – 6040 Telegraph Rd, Ventura, CA 93003
Vons – 2764 E Thompson Blvd, Ventura, CA 93003
Winco – 4750 Telephone Rd, Ventura, CA 93003
Recycling, while better than throwing it into a landfill, is just a bandaid on the bigger problem.
Laws that simply ban plastic bags and don’t address other types of carryout bags are not recommended. The two recommended carryout bag law structures are a “Fee on All Bags” and a “Ban/Fee Hybrid”, meaning a ban on thin plastic bags and a fee on all other carryout bags. The fee component is paramount in changing consumer behavior. We won’t rid the world of plastic bags simply by banning them—customers have to be willing to change their behavior.
To solve this problem, we need community support for the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act that was just reintroduced in Congress. One of the components of this Bill is to put the responsibility back on the Manufacturer’s. You can read more and sign on the support letter here