A local group of school children, teachers and concerned citizens would like to know how you feel about the use of disposable plastic carryout bags in our community and worldwide. They formed the group Bag Busters of Nevada County, and Grass Valley Charter School teacher Alex Ezzell says two short surveys are being circulated on the internet to gather public input , and students from 5 area schools are involved in an educational survey.
Then on Saturday April 20th, which is Earth Day, two films will be shown at Del Oro Theater, one is How kids Saved Parks, the story of the local student movement to save Western Nevada County’s state parks from closure, and the second film looks at the effects of plastic bags on the environment and wildlife.
Click here to listen to Alex Ezzell
You can find a link to the Bag Busters surveys with this story on our website, there’s a Business Survey and a Consumer Survey. So far 51 ordinances have been adopted throughout California, which cover 72 cities and counties. These ordinances involve a 10 cent charge on paper bags wih a phase out and ban of single use plastic bags. Currently Californians use 400 bags a second and many of these bags end up in waterways and open spaces.