Business owners will be able to offer customers small or decorative paper bags at no cost under the updated plastic bag ban ordinance. Single use plastic bags will be banned at Arcata stores starting Feb. 2014. Businesses will not have to charge customers $.10 for regular size plastic bags until Aug. 24.
The update to the ordinance came after concern from small businesses over having to charge customers for bags. On October 30 staff met with local business owners to receive input on the new ordinance said a staff report.