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
Lakes!

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
community.

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

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Klondike Dick
Klondike Dick
6 years ago

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… Read more »

Nationalist
Nationalist
6 years ago

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
Low-Inyo
6 years ago
Reply to  Nationalist

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

Jess
Jess
6 years ago

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,… Read more »

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
6 years ago
Reply to  Jess

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… Read more »

tourbillon
tourbillon
6 years ago

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!

Tinner
Tinner
6 years ago

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… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
6 years ago
Reply to  Tinner

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… Read more »

Tinner
Tinner
6 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

I hear ya.

Baboom!!
Baboom!!
6 years ago

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

Trouble
Trouble
6 years ago

It’s another hidden fee and added tax .

Lorijellybean
Lorijellybean
6 years ago

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.
::shrugs::

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
6 years ago
Reply to  Lorijellybean

…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..

sugarmagnolia
sugarmagnolia
6 years ago

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’???

Trouble
Trouble
6 years ago

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