On December 4, 2013, the Arcata City Council voted to prohibit the distribution of single-use carryout bags and regulate the use of recyclable paper carryout bags in Arcata retail establishments. Since-use plastic bags litter our streets, waterways, and shoreline. They do not easily biodegrade and are a persistent pollutant. The City of Arcata aims to decrease the use of single-use bags and promote the use of reusable bags.
This ordinance does not apply to restaurants. To view the official ordinance, click here.
Effective February 4, 2013:
Retail stores may no longer provide plastic single-use carryout bags to customers and paper bags must contain a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content and be 100% recyclable.
Effective August 1, 2014:
Retail stores may make recyclable paper bags for customer use upon purchase at a minimum charge of $0.10. Revenue from this charge is retained by the retail store. Customers are allowed and encouraged to bring their own reusable bags or purchase reusable bags from retail stores.