Plastic-bag ban begins March 1 in Mammoth Lakes

Press release

Mammoth Lakes, CA – Beginning Tuesday, March 1, 2016, Ordinance No. 15-06 goes into effect that prohibits the use of single-use carryout bags in the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

Plastic_Bag_BanTown Council’s action will reduce negative impacts on the environment, including reducing
the use of natural resources and energy; reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and helping
to eliminate waste in landfills, roadside litter, and pollution to lakes, streams, and soils.

Most importantly it will contribute to a cleaner and more welcoming Town of Mammoth

When the plastic bag ban goes into effect, consumers will be affected in the following ways:
▪ Retail establishments will no longer be able to utilize plastic, single-use bags.
▪ Customers may purchase paper bags for a minimum of 10 cents each.
▪ Customers may purchase or bring their own reusable bags.
▪ Restaurants are exempt and may still use plastic bags for take away orders.
▪ Some other exemptions exist, such as plastic bags used for produce and meats.

The Town of Mammoth Lakes will work with local businesses, including the Chamber of Commerce, to assist in the progressive elimination of plastic, single-use bags in our

If you have questions about the plastic bag ban, please visit to review Ordinance No. 15-06, or contact Pam
Kobylarz, Assistant to the Town Manager, at (760) 934-8989 ext. 223 or
[email protected]


15 Responses to Plastic-bag ban begins March 1 in Mammoth Lakes

  1. Klondike Dick February 24, 2016 at 10:17 pm #

    Please, while were at it, can we make those those cute, little blue/pink plastic bags people use to pick up dog crap illegal. I mean who came up with the idea of putting dog crap in a plastic bag? These bags are everywhere, I’d rather see an empty Vons bag blowing around than these cute little blue or pink crap filled bags littering our trails and roadsides! What kind of people do this anyway, they take the time to pick up after their dog and then leave the waste filled bag laying on the ground? I don’t own a dog, but I have picked up and disposed many of these crap bags! Thanks for letting me vent

  2. Nationalist February 23, 2016 at 8:22 am #

    Perhaps Low Inyo can bring his banjo and pick us a happy country melody while we are filling our sacks at the trading post. lol

    • Low-Inyo February 24, 2016 at 7:03 am #

      Nationalist…LOL…I’ve got the banjo out now and practicing….

  3. Jess February 23, 2016 at 8:15 am #

    So how big is the Fine$$ if you are spotted with a plastic bag in the town of Mammoth? Will the police be issuing Tickets for plastic bag possession?? just wait until They start Taxing us on the Co2 that we exhale, taxing us on the very air we breath, Carbon Tax, anyone, Hahaha

    • Low-Inyo February 23, 2016 at 5:52 pm #

      Jess. I doubt “possession” of a plastic bag will get you in trouble….but it will be nice to MAYBE go fishing or hiking and not come back to camp with a creel and 4 pocket-fulls of plastic bags picked up along the way….seems you don’t see that aspect of the matter…..just your fear of maybe costing you money or your own mild inconvenience…..the American way nowdays…..hell with the environment,especially if it puts you out any.. Maybe what you should do is like what “Tinner’ says in his above post…eat out more and spend much more money doing that,so maybe to save you the trouble of bringing your own bags…..see how that works out…

  4. tourbillon February 22, 2016 at 7:55 pm #

    This is necessary and wonderful. Re-use your burlap sacks to carry groceries. You will be saving not only the planet but also all the bacteria that depend on unhygienic primitive rituals. Bacteria are people too! Stop microagressing with your hominid privileging. Feel the Bern!

  5. Tinner February 22, 2016 at 5:13 pm #

    I’m going to miss the shock and awe reaction from visitors when the box person busts out the plastic bags to bag my groceries at Vons. But all in all I guess it’s for the best, I just hope I can remember to take my reusable bags to the market before I leave the house. I got a feeling I will be eating out more.

    • Trouble February 23, 2016 at 6:07 am #

      Tinner , I don’t look at this as a step in the right direction. Look around the stores. Everything in it is packaged in something that fills our land fill. Tin cans, cearial box’s and egg contains all use up more space. I don’t have time or any desire to sort out my trash to appease people who come up with disingenuous ideas.

      • Tinner February 23, 2016 at 1:52 pm #

        I hear ya.

  6. Baboom!! February 22, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

    So now I have to fork out extra cash for both the TBID and paper grocery bags?

  7. Trouble February 22, 2016 at 9:00 am #

    It’s another hidden fee and added tax .

  8. Lorijellybean February 21, 2016 at 7:12 pm #

    I remember when I was younger, and plastic bags were touted as “saving the trees” and an answer to an environmental problem of the day.
    Now were saving the landfills.
    I guess this is an example of irony.

    • Low-Inyo February 22, 2016 at 6:38 pm #

      …saving the landfill,as well as maybe cutting down on the trash blowing down the streets,into creeks,lakes,rivers, bushes and tree limbs..if people weren’t pigs this would all be a non-issue..

  9. sugarmagnolia February 21, 2016 at 8:28 am #

    I always use the plastic bags for other uses…ie. cat litter, garbage can liners etc. So can I still get plastic bags since they aren’t ‘single use’???

  10. Trouble February 20, 2016 at 7:53 am #

    What’s next? You know it’s hard to get tooth paste back in the tube.


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