On November 25th, 2013, Truckee, in a unanimous Town Council decision, became the 89th city to place a ban on single use plastic bags in an effort to reduce their impact on the environment.
Plastic bags are the most common form of garbage removed from California’s beaches and are responsible for the death of millions of birds and marine wildlife annually.
Plastic bags are having an immense detrimental effect on the environment, while there are easy and cheaper alternatives such as reusable bags.
In 2007, San Francisco lead the way with the first ban on plastic bag and since then more and more cities and communities have adopted similar laws. Truckee has paved the way for the towns of the Tahoe Basin to implement similar legislation.
In the basin it is paramount to protect the environment because the water flow brings all pollutants directly to the lake. In an effort to maintain the pristine environment we share, we need to ban the outdated practice of using plastic bags.