Survey Shows Walnut Residents Split on Plastic Bag Ban

City staff surveyed residents at the recent Walnut Family Festival with about half saying they would support a plastic bag ban and half saying they opposed the idea.

Residents surveyed at the Walnut Family Festival earlier this month were divided on whether they would support a ban on plastic carryout bags.

City staff conducted the survey to get an idea of how Walnut felt about a possible ban in light of environmental concerns raised regarding use of the bags. 

“State waste records report that approximately 45,000 tons of plastic carryout bags are consumed annually, with only 5 percent being recycled,” Alicia Jensen, senior management analyst, wrote in a staff report.

Staff plans tonight to present the results of the survey to the Walnut City Council.  The council could direct staff to prepare an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags in Walnut, receive and file the report without taking action, or request more information.

Results of the survey found that of the 149 Walnut residents polled, 75 said they favored a plastic bag ban and 74 reported that they opposed the idea.

“The results of the Family Festival survey suggest there is not a clear consensus among Walnut residents as to whether or not to ban single-use plastic bags,” Jensen said, adding that it is important to note that the survey was informal and the sampling small.

Many of those who opposed the idea of a ban said they supported continued recycling efforts.  All of the city’s major grocery stores provide in-store containers for plastic carryout bag recycling as required by Assembly Bill 2449, according to staff.

California lawmakers are considering several bills related to the recycling issue.

Municipalities that have enacted plastic bag bans and imposed a per bag fee on the paper variety for large retailers and supermarkets include Dan Point, Laguna Beach, Long Beach, unincorporated Los Angeles County, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Pasadena, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood.

Local cities such as Diamond Bar, Claremont, West Covina, Pomona, San Dimas, and Glendora are monitoring plastic bag legislation, but have not taken any action to ban.

In 2008, the council received two separate reports on plastic bag bans and voted to receive and file both reports.

The Walnut City Council meets tonight at 7 p.m. at City Hall.


Michael October 24, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I raised this issue during the last Council election and was belittled by the Walnut City Council. Here it is folks, I told you these guys were up to creating a nanny-state in Walnut. This is none of their business, I'll just shop in Industry or Diamond Bar. Vons is already a ghost-town when I go in there, this should help close them down like Albertsons. Walnut will have less grocery stores for sure- enjoy your extra driving.
Michael October 24, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Walnut gov. wants "bacteria bags" for you. Reusable bags are loaded with bacteria and E. coli, but that's okay, because your family will take the risk to please the "scientists" on the Walnut City staff and Council. (That's sarcasm, there isn't one person with a technical/scientific degree to properly evaluate this in Walnut gov.) http://www.theblaze.com/stories/scientists-link-stomach-flu-outbreak-to-reusable-shopping-bag/ http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster_shots/2010/06/whats-in-your-shopping-bag-bacteria-but-hey-its-natural.html
Larry L Isenberg October 25, 2012 at 01:53 AM
If you are going to ban one type of plastic bag you need to do all plastic bags ,go to a landfill and see what banning store bags have done,nothing ,Need to do more studies as we have lots of money in Government!!!!!!
Michael October 25, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Who on the Council came up with this dumb idea? Or is the staff stupid? You are right, when Frisco banned plastic bags, litter actually increased. The facts won't stop Walnut government from acting like your nanny. http://westhollywood.patch.com/blog_posts/blog-the-unintended-consequences-of-west-hollywoods-misguided-plastic-bag-ban
Ken October 25, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Why can't they come up with a plastic bag that you could throw away in your recycle bin at home?
Ray Russell October 25, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Don't ban plastic bags! They are a recyclable, paper bags too. What do you think the "permanent "bags are made from? Ban plastic and there won't be materials to make these bags. Besides, who is getting the $0.10 being collected by the market to use paper? The plastic bags are easier to use for those of us with disabilities.
E. October 25, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Vons is not a ghost town, there are always people shopping there. And it is recommended that reusable bags be washed regularly, that's not too difficult to understand. I'd much rather have reusable bags and do support the ban on plastic bags. Both links you posted below also state that contamination can occur on any surface: "Of course, to be fair, the norovirus isn’t exclusively attracted to reusable bags. “As long as something can land on it, it can transmit the virus,” says Repp. “It doesn’t matter what the substance is” and that "machine washing or hand washing reduced bacteria levels to almost nothing". There are germs and bacteria on nearly every surface you touch. Anyone at the supermarket, with or without a reusable bag, can pass on some kind of bacteria to you. Take a look around any aisle in the market and see how many products are picked up and put back down from fresh produce to boxes of cookies, to bread bags, etc. We have disinfenctant wipes for grocery carts, why not a sign with a reminder to wash our bags? Lobbyists for the plastics industry will say and do anything to stay in business. Albertsons' closure wasn't due to plastic bag bans, it is irresponsible of you to imply as such.
E. October 25, 2012 at 10:25 PM
You make it sound like you think Walnut residents are just robots and will do whatever the city council wants. We do have the ability to think for ourselves and decide whether the ban is good or bad for us. If the council does implement a ban, it won't be the end of the world.
beta blue October 25, 2012 at 10:46 PM
america has freedom of choice for just about everything...let's all be "pro-choice" and allow each consumer to decide whether to use reusable bags or the store plastic bags...if you reuse bags, then good for you, but don't force it on others...
Michael October 25, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I am "pro choice" on this too. Why is this Council acting like a bunch of ACLU Liberals? What's next, special emission standards for cars used in Walnut? Special tap water standards? Walnut green-house gas reduction? Why don't they concentrate on all the empty store fronts in the city instead of thinking about more Liberal regulations keeping businesses out.
Lifeisgood4All October 26, 2012 at 12:39 AM
This is not an issue. The council already decided not to make a ban that last meeting. One council person wanted to ban such bags and the others did not. They think recycling bags is better way to go right now. This issue is over. Why do you say such bad things about the council as one group? They each get a say, not all feel the same. Why is it wrong for them to talk about something. Do you not like free speech or looking in to an issue? You have run for council twice and do not know how council meeting works? Should you educate yourself first. Should you expect a job if you do not know how to do the job? Are you upset that we did not vote you onto the council so you jump to be rude and complain but not know all the facts first. Maybe you want us to think we made the wrong choice for our council members and to be sorry we did not give you votes, but I think we are not sorry.
Michael October 26, 2012 at 01:31 AM
People like you are pretty good at running your mouth, yet never actually running for office. I'm just not lazy like you are. No, Walnut government should not be wasting my money discussing ridiculous things like this, or other Liberal environmental issues they have NO expertise in.
E. October 26, 2012 at 06:05 PM
@Michael W - Do you think Walnut gov't should only be wasting money on conservative issues or issues that each of the council members has "expertise" in? If any government in the world did that (whether a small town like walnut or big city or country) we would never get anywhere. If they actually had "expertise" you would fault them for being lobbyists, it's a lose lose with you either way. There has to be a platform to be able to discuss issues, whether conservative or liberal, fairly and openly. Ultimately, the council will do what is best for our city. If your goal is to one day be elected to the city council or as a commissioner, I suggest you be more constructive in you comments; I would never want someone who says the things you say in any governmental role. You are not unbiased or open minded. If you want to get into politics, you need to work more on your people skills. The people you comment to on Patch are the people who reside in the city you want to help run and you are proving time and again that you are not worthy of such a position. All I see are petty remarks & personal attacks that prove you have no place in government.
Dan S October 29, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Stater Bros in Rowland Hts doesn't have plastic bags and after my 2nd trip to the store remembering the reusable bags became habit. I it is real not a big deal. I love the Nanny State comments, we can tell people who they can and can not marry, we can tell women what to do with they bodies and we can tell people how to worship but don't tell me what shopping bags to use. Too funny.


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