A study conducted by HSU’s Lonny Grafman and his students in Engineering 308 found that the community of Arcata uses between 3 to 5 million plastic bags every year! Shocking for a community that is touted as environmentally friendly. The San Francisco Examiner covered this story (http://www.examiner.com/recycling-in-san-francisco/hsu-students-study-plastic-bag-use-arcata ) and more details can be found at: http://www.appropedia.org/Arcata_plastic_bags.
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