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Five-Way Intersection Project PDF Print Email

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The City of Napa and Caltrans are partnering on a project study report to identify improvements to the intersection of Silverado Trail (SR 121)/Third Street/Coombsville Road/East Avenue, also known as the “Five-Way Intersection.” The study will evaluate existing conditions, forecast future traffic, and develop alternatives for a future improvement project. Construction is currently anticipated in 2017-2018.

Open House Meetings

The City of Napa will host a series of Open House meetings to gather your input and present project alternatives. The first Open House will be held Wednesday August 27, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 955 School Street with the objective to gather input and identify constraints and major issues at the intersection. The second Open House will present several possible project alternatives based on input received at the first meeting, and the third and final Open House will present the preferred alternative. The dates, times and locations for the second and third meetings will be announced later. 

Follow this link for the informational flyer on Open House #1. 

For more information, please contact Kelli Schimmoeller at 707-257-9266 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Napa Parks and Recreation - Kennedy Master Plan PDF Print Email

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Napa Parks and Recreation is embarking upon a Master Plan for John F. Kennedy Memorial Park.  We are inviting you to help plan the future of Kennedy Park.

  PURPOSE:  

Kennedy Park is Napa’s largest community park, covering approximately 200 acres. The purpose of the Kennedy Park Master Plan is to develop a strategic planning tool for the Parks and Recreation Services Department that will provide clear direction and a vision for future planning and development of this large recreational amenity.14.030 flyer front and back revised for 9.18 page_1

This community destination currently supports a variety of recreational activities including softball, baseball, BMX, remote control airplane facilities, trails, a public boat launch, picnic areas and a small community building.  The park will also be the home to the future Skate Park to be constructed in 2014-15. 

Development of the Kennedy Park Master Plan is an interactive process that include members of the community and takes into account the present and future opportunities for the park. In 2010, the Napa City Council adopted the City’s Parks and Facilities Master Plan which included the development of a site master plan for John F. Kennedy Memorial Park.

  WORKSHOP:  

We will be hosting a workshop to devleop the Master Plan for the park.  Imagine the possibilities!  Create your recreation space.  Take part in our interactive park design workshop. Join us on Thursday, September 18th from 6PM-8PM at the Pelusi Building (2296 Streblow Dr). Parking is available in the golf course parking lot across the street.  Bring your ideas and creativity to the table and help us create the future vision of Kennedy Park.  CLICK ON THE FLIER FOR MORE DETAILS! ------------>
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  EXPRESS YOURSELF:  

We also invite you to express yourself by participating in our online survey: CLICK TO VIEW SURVEY

 

 

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Emergency Drought Regulations PDF Print Email

Due to ongoing drought conditions throughout California, the State Water Board approved emergency regulations in July 2014 to address outdoor urban water use.  Four specific water-wasting actions are prohibited statewide, with violations subject to fines of up to $500.

PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES:

runoffOverwatering lawns and landscapes such that excessive runoff flows onto adjacent property, walkways, roadways, or parking lots

SOLUTIONS: Redirect poorly aimed sprinklers; Repair broken sprinkler heads; Reduce pop-up sprinkler run times to 5 minutes or less and use multiple start times with 1-hour soak in between (cycle/soak method); Replace conventional spray nozzles with rotating stream nozzles.

drivewayUsing water to wash driveways or sidewalks

SOLUTION: Use a broom instead.

carwashUsing a hose to wash a motor vehicle, unless hose is equipped with a shutoff nozzle

SOLUTION: The City of Napa provides free shutoff nozzles to water customers!

fountainUsing water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated

SOLUTIONS: Install a recirculating system; or Turn off the water feature.

 

 

 Information Card: English or Spanish

The City of Napa Water Division is required to locally enforce these statewide prohibitions.  Customers are urged to refrain from the activities listed above.  Violators will be subject to warning and opportunity to correct the violation.  Repeat violators may be subject to escalating penalties on their water bill, up to $500.

REPORT WATER WASTE:  Call 707-257-9521 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


NOTES:

  • The emergency regulations apply to potable water served by the City of Napa water system.  They do not apply to recycled (purple pipe) water supplied by the Napa Sanitation District.
  • The regulations may be in effect for up to 270 days (until April 2015) unless statewide drought conditions improve.
  • While the regulations were not triggered by a local water shortage, every drop saved now puts the City in better postion entering an uncertain 2015.

Keep up the Good Work!
For the 2014 Irrigation Season to date (March through August), Napa's water demand is down 14% overall compared to last year:

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Plastic Bag Ordinance FAQ PDF Print Email

Frequently Asked Questions

About the City of Napa Single-Use Bag Reduction Ordinance 

Background
Residents, visitors and businesses in the City of Napa discard approximately 27 million plastic bags each year, according to CalRecycle. A small percentage are recycled, but the majority end up in landfills, litter the landscape, pollute our river and creeks, harm or kill wildlife, and jam recycling equipment. Educating our community about the problems plastic bags create is important, but education alone is not enough. In 2012, Napa Valley CanDo made an effort to limit use of these one-time bags by giving away reusable bags and encouraging their use, however a survey after their Better Bag Month bag giveaway and education program showed only a small increase in reusable bag use. On the other hand, according to Californians Against Waste, cities and counties that have instituted a single-use plastic bag ban (which includes a charge for paper bags) have seen single-use plastic bag use decrease by 95%, paper bag use decrease by 30%, and plastic litter in waterways decrease by 60%.

Across the country, cities and counties are instituting plastic bag bans in an effort to tackle the problem effectively, prevent pollution, and save money. This ordinance will reduce litter and waste as well as contamination in recycling and composting programs—in turn reducing costs to taxpayers in the City of Napa. In addition, the law will improve water quality in our rivers and streams, the bay and the ocean by reducing plastic bag pollution.

Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQ) and answers about single-use plastic bags and why reducing or eliminating their use is beneficial to our community.

What is the purpose of Napa’s Single-Use Bag Reduction Ordinance?
What is the City of Napa’s definition of a single-use plastic bag?
What bags are affected?
Are there any exceptions to this ban?
Isn't there a law that requires alcohol be placed in a carryout bag? 

If approved, when does the ordinance take effect?
Who is affected by the ordinance?
What other communities regulate plastic bags?
What damage do plastic bags cause?

What about recycling; isn’t that a better solution?
Do plastic bags biodegrade?
W
hy not switch to paper bags?
Wouldn’t compostable bags solve the problem?

What is the City of Napa’s definition of a recycled paper bag?
What is the City of Napa’s definition of a reusable bag?
Why are reusable bags better for the environment?
How will I carry my groceries home? I need those free bags.

What is the benefit to me? What is the benefit to the community?
Where can I get reusable bags?
Are reusable bags safe? Won’t they harbor germs?
Why should I support this ordinance?

What if I forget my reusable bags?
What if I can’t afford to purchase a reusable bag?
Why is there a 10-cent fee on recycled paper carryout bags? Is it a tax?
What types of retail establishments are required to charge 10 cents for each recycled paper bag? 

Why not offer plastic bags, but charge for them instead?
How can I avoid the charge?
I use plastic bags to pick up my pet’s waste. What will I use instead?
Do bag bans really work?

What about the proposed statewide plastic bag law?
Is an ordinance the same as a law?
Why isn't this going on the ballot for a vote?
How will the Reusable Bag Ordinance be enforced?
What happens to businesses that do not comply?
What is being done to educate the public?
Where can I get more information?

 

What is the purpose of Napa’s Single-Use Bag Reduction Ordinance?
The intent of the Single-use Bag Reduction Ordinance is to significantly reduce the environmental and community impacts related to single-use plastic and paper carryout bags and promote a major shift toward the use of reusable bags.
What does the ordinance cover?

Under this ordinance, use of single-use plastic bags (although there are some exceptions outlined in this FAQ) would no longer be permitted at retail stores. Paper bags will be allowed, but retailers will be required to charge customers not less than 10 cents per bag to encourage customers to use reusable bags. The 10 cents is not taxable, and retailers retain the revenue in order to offset the costs of providing paper bags.

What is the City of Napa’s definition of a single-use plastic bag?
“Single-use, plastic carryout bag” means any bag less than 2.25 mil thick and made predominately of plastic derived from petroleum or bio-based sources, such as corn or other plant source, and includes compostable, non-compostable, and biodegradable plastic bags. These are the typical and familiar plastic bags with handles found at most stores.

Bags used within stores, such as bags for produce, bulk foods, meat and seafood, flowers and other similar uses where health, safety and moisture may be a concern will not be affected. In addition, home delivery bags for newspapers, dry cleaning and plastic bags sold in packages (for garbage or pet waste, for example) would be exempt. Plastic bags for take-out orders from restaurants are permitted, although the use of recyclable paper bags is encouraged.

What bags are affected?
All single-use plastic bags provided at the point of checkout for retail sales are covered by the ordinance and as noted in the definition above.

Are there any exceptions to this ban?
Yes. The following uses are exempt from the requirements of the Single-use Bag Reduction Ordinance:

  • Plastic produce bags used for vegetables, fruits and meats or loose bulk items such as nuts, grains, beans and pasta, distributed at grocery stores and farmers markets
  • Bags used to protect breakable glass items 
  • Newspaper, laundry or dry cleaning bags
  • Pharmacy bags used to contain prescription drugs
  • Bags used for the transportation of prepared take-out foods and liquids from restaurants and other food providers

Isn’t there a law that requires me to put alcoholic beverages into a carryout bag?
Since 2011, there has been no California law that mandates a retailer to provide a bag for purchased alcoholic beverages. There is also no law requiring retailers in unincorporated areas of the County to provide a bag for purchased alcoholic beverages, although nearby incorporated cities may have such a requirement. If a paper bag with handles is provided, the 10-cent fee must be applied.

If approved, when does the ordinance take effect?
The ordinance is expected to be heard by the City Council in June 2014; however, in order to allow sufficient time for businesses to use up their existing inventory of bags and to adjust to the requirements of the proposed ordinance, implementation of the ordinance will be phased in over six months, going into full effect on January 1, 2015.

Who is affected by the ordinance?
All retail establishments or all sizes located in the City of Napa, including supermarkets and grocery stores, department stores, clothing stores, convenience stores, wineries and tasting rooms, drug stores and pharmacies that provide retail carryout bags will be required to follow this law.

What other communities regulate plastic bags?
Nearby, our neighbors in Marin County have regulations for all supermarkets, drug stores, and convenience stores, and Sonoma County and several cities within Sonoma County recently passed an ordinance affecting all retail establishments. Many other communities throughout the Bay Area have already adopted ordinances similar to ours; in fact, there are currently more than 75 ordinances covering more than 100 cities and counties in California, including many throughout the surrounding area.

 

Bag bans in California:
Alameda County, Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Newark, Oakland, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro, Union City, Arcata, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Calabasas, Campbell , Capitola, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carpinteria, Chico, Colma, Culver City, Cupertino, Daly City, Dana Point, Davis, Desert Hot Springs, East Palo Alto, El Cerrito, Fairfax, Fort Bragg, Foster City, Glendale, Half Moon Bay, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Long Beach, Los Altos, Los Gatos, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Marin County, Mendocino County, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Mill Valley, Monterey, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Novato, Ojai, Pacifica, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Palo Alto, Pasadena, Portola Valley, Pittsburg, Redwood City, Richmond, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo, San Mateo County, San Luis Obispo County, San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Pablo, San Rafael, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, Santa Monica, Sausalito, Solana Beach, Sonoma County, Sonoma, Cloverdale, Cotati, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol, Windsor, South Lake Tahoe, South Pasadena, South San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Truckee, Ukiah, Walnut Creek, Watsonville, West Hollywood

Bag bans in the U.S.:
Alaska, Arizona, California, Chicago, Colorado, Connecticut , District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington

Bag bans in other countries:
Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, England, Eritrea, France, Haiti, India, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Macedonia, Mali, Mauritania, Mongolia, Mexico, New South Wales, Pakistan, Phillippines, Rwanda, Somaliland, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Tasmania, Tanzania, Uganda, Ulanbaatar, United Arab Emirates, Wales


What damage do plastic bags cause?
Single-use plastic bags are used in extremely high volumes (more than 27 million per year in the City of Napa) and only a small fraction of them are ever recycled. They are produced from nonrenewable resources and are designed to be disposable (rather than reusable). While some single-use plastic bags are reused, many of them are simply used once and then discarded. Once discarded, single-use plastic bags often remain in the environment for decades or longer. These bags can end up in landfills or be swept away by the wind and get caught in trees, fences, and storm drains. If they are disposed of at all—many end up in the wrong waste bin and jam recycling equipment resulting in work stoppages and loss of efficiency at the waste collection facility.

Eventually, plastic bags can find their way to the ocean, where they can do significant damage to wildlife. More and more marine animals are found with plastic bag particles in their digestive systems. Reuseit.com reports that hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, whales and other marine mammals die every year from eating discarded plastic bags mistaken for food. Plastics can be found all along the food chain: microscopic plastic particles have been found in the tissue of fish.

What about recycling; isn’t that a better solution?
According to CalRecycle no more than 3 percent of plastic bags are recycled, in spite of the fact that there are bins at all major grocery stores, large retailers and pharmacies. The majority of bags are never recycled or are disposed of improperly; most end up in landfills or waterways. Because we are unable to recycle the bags locally, our only option is to dispose of them into the gray trash containers (which go to the landfill); however many end up in the blue recycling bins, ultimately jamming recycling equipment, resulting in costly work stoppages.

The approximately 1,000 pounds of plastic bags that Napa Recycling and Waste Services (NRWS) collects each day are baled and have little value. This low-grade film plastic has no domestic market and is shipped to Asia, at a cost that is at much more than their value, according to NRWS. There is another potential cost beyond transporting them to another country as well: processing in Asia may be subject to fewer environmental controls, adding further strain on the environment.

Do plastic bags biodegrade?
They don’t. They can last hundreds of years in landfills, unless exposed to the sun, which photo-degrades them into smaller and smaller particles. But even then, the plastic doesn’t disappear—scientists are now finding microscopic plastic particles in the world’s oceans and in the tissue of fish.

Why not switch to paper bags?
Although they are recyclable and biodegradable and do not create the same problems associated with litter and marine life, paper bags also have their own environmental impact. Manufacturing them requires trees as well as large amounts of water. It has been estimated that 14 million trees are cut down every year to make paper bags for shoppers in the U.S. It also takes a significant amount of energy to produce, distribute, and dispose of paper bags.

Wouldn’t compostable bags solve the problem?
Being compostable and being composted are two different things. Compostable bags (such as those made from cornstarch) only break down in an active composting process. They do not decompose in the natural environment because of the lack of heat, or in landfills because of the lack of oxygen. When used to hold wet food waste that goes into an organics composting program, they can be beneficial, but otherwise they are no better than traditional plastic.

What is the City of Napa’s definition of a recycled paper bag?
"Recycled paper bag” means a paper carryout bag provided by a store to a customer at the point of sale that contains no old-growth fiber and a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled material and is 100% recyclable. The word “recyclable” must be printed in some manner on the outside of the bag, along with the name and location of the manufacturer and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content.

What is the City of Napa’s definition of a reusable bag?
“Reusable bag” means either a bag made of cloth or other machine-washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag with handles that is at least 2.25 mil thick and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse.

Why are reusable bags better for the environment?
Reusable bags can be used many times, and thus create less landfill waste and fewer environmental impacts than other types of bags. Naturally, as with any product there are still some environmental impacts associated with their production and distribution, but reusable bags made from recycled polyethylene have a lower footprint than single-use plastic after as few as eight uses. They use 50% less energy, have 40% less impact on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and solid waste resources, and use 30% less water.

How will I carry my groceries home? I need those free bags.
Single-use plastic grocery bags aren’t free. Supermarkets recoup the estimated 2 to 5 cents they pay per plastic bag by increasing the price of groceries, meaning even people who bring their own bags to the store are supplementing the cost of plastic bags. A small investment in reusable bags will pay for itself within a few uses, and some markets give rebates to customers who bring their own bags to the store. Additionally, there is nothing in the ordinance that prohibits customers from bringing their own bags of any type to take home their groceries or other purchases.

What is the benefit to me? What is the benefit to the community?
The Single-use Bag Reduction Ordinance will result in less litter, which is important, not just for environmental reasons, but also because our community receives a significant economic return as a result of its preservation of natural resources and beautiful surroundings. In addition, reducing plastic bags provide less risk of increased trash bills due to equipment breakdowns, less plastic contamination in the food supply, less threat and damage to local wildlife and waterways, and serves as a good lesson for all of us on conserving resources.

Where can I get reusable bags?
Reusable bags are widely available for purchase at select retail stores and markets and many organizations and businesses offer such bags through promotions and events for free. Don’t overlook the bags you already have in your home or office—tote bags made of canvas or nylon, for example.

Are reusable bags safe? Won’t they harbor germs?
There are no credible studies making a connection between reusable bags and foodborne illness. In fact, a 2010 study by Californians Against Waste shows that reusable bags have no more bacteria than other items you bring home from the store. Using common sense, washing your hands, and washing bags when they get dirty, virtually eliminates any risk of illness.

Why should I support this ordinance?
Reusable bags are better for the environment AND the bottom line. They do not pollute the environment and help reduce landfill waste because they are used again and again.

What if I forget my reusable bags?
Getting used to new habits takes a little time and practice. If you forget your bag, most stores will offer reusable paper bags for a minimal charge, generally 10 cents. To avoid needing to buy bags, keep reusable bags in the car and tuck a small, collapsible bag into your purse or glove box or attach one to your keychain for quick shopping trips. Pretty soon, bringing your own reusable bags into stores will become second nature—just like –fastening your seatbelt.

What if I can’t afford to purchase a reusable bag?
Stores are required to provide customers participating in the California Special Supplemental Food program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and customers participating in the Supplemental Food (SNAP) program with a reusable bag or recycled paper bag at no cost at the point of sale.

Why is there a 10-cent fee on recycled paper carryout bags? Is it a tax?
The 10-cent fee on recycled paper carryout bags is intended to encourage customers to bring reusable bags and reduce their dependence on single-use bags of all types, both paper and plastic. A small fee for paper bags—coupled with a ban on plastic bags—is the most effective and legally protected way to institute an ordinance. Most all other cities and counties that have passed bans have included the paper bag fee component. The cost pass-through reimburses retailers for the costs of providing recycled paper carryout bags to their customers. All of the revenue from the cost pass-through remains with the store; it is not a tax and none of it goes to the city.

What types of retail establishments are required to charge 10 cents for each recycled paper bag?
All retail businesses included in the ordinance are prohibited from distributing free single-use paper and plastic carryout bags. If businesses decide to make recycled paper carryout bags available for their customers, they are required to sell them for not less than 10 cents per bag. The charge must be listed as a single line item on the customer’s receipt and is not taxable to the consumer according to the State Board of Equalization.

Why not offer plastic bags, but charge for them instead?
The goal of this ordinance is to reduce overall plastic bag use. As illustrated in other communities who have passed similar ordinances, bans are better than fees at helping us reach this goal. California law (AB2449) prohibited charging for plastic bags, however it didn’t prohibit charging for paper bags. As a result, retailers are able to recover their cost for providing paper bags, and this small fee helps encourages customers to use reusable bags, thus also reducing the use of paper bags.

How can I avoid the charge?
You can avoid the charge by bringing your own bag or refusing a bag when you make a small purchase that is easy to carry without a bag. Just say no to a disposable bag.

I use plastic bags to pick up my pet’s waste. What will I use instead?
Local pet stores sell bags specifically for this purpose and sale of these bags will not be affected by this ordinance in any way. Existing pet waste stations on trails and in parks will continue to provide plastic bags for discarding pet waste. There will still be many plastic bags in circulation, and you can continue to use bread or chip bags, produce, bulk or cereal bags, or newspaper bags. In addition, while the ordinance restricts single-use plastic grocery and retail bags, it doesn’t restrict produce bags available in-store, which may easily be used for picking up pet waste.

Do bag bans really work?
Yes. The results speak for themselves. Jurisdictions that have instituted similar bans have seen significant changes in the amount of bags used and the problems they cause. One year after LA County implemented its bag ban, there was a 95% reduction in the distribution of all single-use bags, including a 30% reduction in paper bags. San Jose has seen an 89% reduction of plastic bag litter in storm drains, a 60% reduction in creeks, and a 59% reduction in city streets.

What about the proposed statewide plastic bag law?
Senate Bill 270, a bill to make California the first in the nation to impose a statewide ban on plastic bags passed the Assembly’s Natural Resources Committee in May, and heads next to the Assembly Appropriations Committee and must pass both chambers of the Legislature. If signed into law, the ban would take effect in 2015 for large retailers and grocery stores and apply to pharmacies and liquor stores the next year. The City of Napa’s ordinance will be more comprehensive and level the playing field for all businesses. It will go into effect before the statewide regulations will, and allow us to customize our ordinance to suit our community. If the senate bill becomes law, the City’s ordinance will take precedence over the state law.

Is an ordinance the same as a law?
Yes, an ordinance is simply a law or regulation made by a city or town government. Example: The town has passed a zoning ordinance limiting construction.

Why isn’t this going on the ballot for a vote?
The California Constitution authorizes the City to “make and enforce within its limits all local, police, sanitary and other ordinances and regulations not in conflict with general laws.” There is nothing under either state or federal law that constrains the City’s ability to regulate the sale of bags or to prohibit the sale of disposable bags of a certain manufacture type. Some local measures that impose special taxes must be placed on the ballot; however, the proposed ordinance does not create any special tax, nor does it generate any revenue or general fund money for the city. Thus, it is not subject to this requirement.

Plus, with four community meetings to discuss the proposed city ordinance and public comment at City Council when the item is heard on June 17, residents of Napa—and business owners who may not reside in Napa—have the opportunity to have their voices heard and provide input and feedback directly to elected officials rather than just a yes or no vote on the ballot.

How will the ordinance be enforced?
The Code Enforcement Division of the Community Development Department of the City of Napa is responsible for enforcing the City's Municipal Code.

What happens to businesses that do not comply?
The City of Napa and Sustainable Napa County will focus primarily on education and helping businesses comply. For those who are persistently out of compliance, a warning can be issued and fines may be imposed, ranging from $100 to $500, based on provisions relating to enforcement of violations of code set forth under the Napa Municipal Code.

What is being done to educate the public?
Information about new options for residents and customers will be shared online, in newsletters and local media, through point-of-purchase information, in training sessions for retailer staff, and through outreach at community events. A reusable bag promotion is also being developed in order to support local retailers in transition.

Where can I get more information?
There are many sources of available information. Our local NRWS (Napa Recycling and Waste Services) has great information on what we can do with items that can be recycled—visit www.naparecycling.com.

Other resources include Californians Against Waste, Clean Seas Coalition and Green Cities California, igotmybag.org (local cities working together to promote use of reusable bags), and “Bag It—The Movie” (bagitmovie.com) is an eye-opening, yet entertaining feature on plastic bag use and pollution here in our country and in others.

Our goal is to help ease the transition away from single-use plastic bags, and make sure you understand the ordinance and how it will affect you.

Additional information specific to retailers will be shared before the ordinance goes into effect. If you have additional questions we haven’t addressed, please attend one of our community meetings to learn more or contact us for more information. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Plastic Bag Ordinance Overview

Draft Ordinance


This page was created May 1, 2014 and updated May 29, 2014

 
Plastic Bag Ordinance Overview PDF Print Email

plasticbagThe City of Napa, like cities and counties across the country, is in the process of instituting a plastic bag ban in an effort to prevent pollution and save money. This ordinance will reduce litter and waste as well as contamination in recycling and composting programs—in turn reducing costs to taxpayers in the City of Napa. In addition, the law will improve water quality in our rivers and streams, the Bay and the ocean by reducing plastic bag pollution.

The "Single Use Bag Reduction Ordinance" is scheduled to have its first reading before the City Council July 22, 2014, and then be phased in over six months, going into full effect January 1, 2015. 

Under this ordinance, single-use plastic bags would no longer be permitted at retail stores. (There are some exceptions - see the FAQ page for details). Paper bags will be allowed, but retailers will be required to charge customers 10 cents per bag to encourage customers to use reusable bags. Retailers retain the revenue in order to offset the costs of providing paper bags.

The City of Napa and Sustainable Napa County hosted four community meetings regarding the proposed city ordinance to address questions about the ordinance and how to help ease the transition away from plastic bags for businesses and consumers. At each meeting, sample bags were on display and city leaders and community members were on hand to answer questions, hear ideas and collect input on the ordinance. Meetings were held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 955 School Street at these times: 

• Business Focused Meeting: Evening - Wednesday, May 7 from 5:30 – 7:00 COMPLETED
• Business Focused Meeting: Afternoon – Wednesday, May 14 from 1:30 – 3:00 COMPLETED
• Business Focused Meeting: Morning – Monday, May 19 from 9:00 – 10:30 COMPLETED
• Community Focused Meeting: Evening – Wednesday, June 4 from 5:30 – 7:00 COMPLETED

Plastic Bag Ordinance FAQs

Draft Ordinance

Setting the Record Straight About Plastic Bags and Their Alternatives

 

Resources and Information
Napa Recycling and Waste Services
NapaRecycling.org

Californians Against Waste
CAWRecycles.org

Napa Valley CanDo
NVCanDo.org

Clean Seas Coalition
CleanSeasCoalition.org

Green Cities California
greenCitiesCalifornia.org

Reusit.com
Reusit.com

I Got My Bag
IGotMyBag.org

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