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Residential Plastic Usage Survey

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1. Which of the following statements best characterizes your approach to environmental sustainability?

Response Percent Response Count
Protecting the environment is a top priority for me. 34.7% 108
It is important to protect the environment, and I do what I can within my means. 62.7% 195
It is important to protect the environment, but I am not sure what I can do personally. 1.0% 3
It is important to protect the environment, as long as it doesn’t disrupt my lifestyle. 1.6% 5

2. When it comes to protecting our local environment, which topics are most important to you? (Select all that apply)

Response Percent Response Count
Air pollution 78.5% 244
Climate change 66.6% 207
Protecting the SF Bay 64.3% 200
Food waste & composting 67.5% 210
Recycling 83.9% 261
Plastic pollution 79.4% 247
Wildlife preservation 62.7% 195
Drought 64.6% 201
Wildfires 50.2% 156
Sea level rise 38.6% 120

3. Who do you feel has the most responsibility for protecting the local environment? (Select all that apply)

Response Percent Response Count
People like me / local residents 92.3% 287
Private corporations 76.8% 239
Local and regional government 89.4% 278
State or federal government 74.6% 232
International governmental organizations 32.8% 102
Non-governmental/nonprofit organizations and advocacy groups 33.8% 105
Academic organizations and research institutions 31.8% 99
Religious and faith-based organizations 26.4% 82

4. Which of the following single-use disposable items are the biggest threat to the environment? (Select up to 3)

Response Percent Response Count
Plastic shopping bags 57.1% 177
Food packaging and take-out containers 33.9% 105
To-go beverage cups (coffee, tea, soda, etc.) 21.6% 67
Polystyrene (“Styrofoam”) cups, plates, or containers 58.7% 182
Plastic straws 34.2% 106
Plastic utensils 9.4% 29
Plastic water bottles 47.1% 146
Plastic sandwich/snack/storage bags 9.7% 30
Other 6.8% 21
I don’t believe any of these are a major environmental threat. 2.6% 8

5. How often do you currently use the following single-use items?

Plastic shopping bags
Response Percent Response Count
Multiple times a day 1.0% 3
Once a day 1.6% 5
2-4 times a week 4.8% 15
Once a week 13.5% 42
Rarely (less than once a month) 47.9% 149
Never 30.2% 94
Food packaging & take-out containers
Response Percent Response Count
Multiple times a day 1.9% 6
Once a day 2.9% 9
2-4 times a week 18.0% 56
Once a week 37.0% 115
Rarely (less than once a month) 36.3% 113
Never 2.6% 8
To-go beverage cups (coffee, tea, soda, etc.)
Response Percent Response Count
Multiple times a day 1.0% 3
Once a day 6.4% 20
2-4 times a week 15.8% 49
Once a week 22.8% 71
Rarely (less than once a month) 37.9% 118
Never 15.4% 48
Polystyrene (“Styrofoam”) cups, plates, or containers
Response Percent Response Count
Multiple times a day 0.3% 1
2-4 times a week 2.9% 9
Once a week 7.4% 23
Rarely (less than once a month) 36.0% 112
Never 51.8% 161
Plastic straws
Response Percent Response Count
Multiple times a day 0.6% 2
Once a day 5.8% 18
2-4 times a week 13.8% 43
Once a week 18.6% 58
Rarely (less than once a month) 33.1% 103
Never 27.0% 84
Plastic utensils
Response Percent Response Count
Multiple times a day 0.3% 1
Once a day 4.8% 15
2-4 times a week 8.7% 27
Once a week 19.9% 62
Rarely (less than once a month) 45.3% 141
Never 18.6% 58
Plastic water bottles
Response Percent Response Count
Multiple times a day 5.5% 17
Once a day 4.5% 14
2-4 times a week 11.3% 35
Once a week 17.4% 54
Rarely (less than once a month) 37.9% 118
Never 23.2% 72
Plastic sandwich, snack, or storage bags
Response Percent Response Count
Multiple times a day 5.8% 18
Once a day 10.6% 33
2-4 times a week 24.8% 77
Once a week 25.4% 79
Rarely (less than once a month) 21.2% 66
Never 11.3% 35

6. Which types of local establishments do you frequent that serve you single-use plastic straws? (Select all that apply)

Response Percent Response Count
Fast-food establishments 64.8% 201
Take-out restaurants 45.2% 140
Dine-in restaurants & bars 67.1% 208
School or employer cafeterias 11.9% 37
Food trucks 9.7% 30
Coffee or tea shops 44.5% 138
Boba/bubble tea shops 34.8% 108
Juice or smoothie bars 32.9% 102
Mini-marts 7.7% 24
Sports & entertainment venues 16.5% 51
I do not frequent any of these 8.4% 26

7. What would motivate you to reduce your use of single-use plastic straws? (Select all that apply)

Response Percent Response Count
Having to ask for a plastic straw 29.1% 90
Not having plastic straws available 53.7% 166
Being charged for a plastic straw 28.5% 88
Having only paper straws available 65.4% 202
Having my own reusable straw 26.5% 82
Making reusable straws easy to carry and clean 32.7% 101
Receiving discounts for bringing my own straw 24.3% 75
Knowing I was reducing the waste that ends up in SF Bay 40.8% 126
Knowing I was protecting my and my family's health 28.8% 89
I do not plan on reducing my usage of single-use plastic straws. 6.8% 21

8. Do you currently own a reusable straw?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 32.8% 102
No 67.2% 209

9. If you own a reusable straw, how frequently do you use it? (Skip to #10 if you don't own a reusable straw)

Response Percent Response Count
Multiple times a day 15.9% 24
Once a day 7.3% 11
3-4 times a week 8.6% 13
Once a week 13.2% 20
Rarely (less than once a month) 27.8% 42
Never 27.2% 41

10. If you wanted to reduce your waste, would you rather: (Pick only 1)

Response Percent Response Count
Carry a reusable straw. 30.4% 93
Stop using straws altogether. 69.6% 213

11. If you were to use an alternative to a single-use plastic straw, what type of material would you prefer for that straw to be made of? (Select all that apply)

Response Percent Response Count
Stainless steel 36.3% 110
Bamboo wood 19.1% 58
Glass 12.9% 39
Non-disposable hard plastic 13.9% 42
Silicone 10.6% 32
Compostable paper 64.7% 196
Food-based/edible (example: hollow dry pasta noodle) 28.4% 86

12. What would motivate you use a reusable straw more often? (Select all that apply)

Response Percent Response Count
If I was given one for free 30.2% 93
If I had an easy way to carry it around 41.2% 127
If it were easy to clean and maintain 56.5% 174
If single-use plastic straws were unavailable 23.7% 73
If I got discounts for bringing my own straw 26.0% 80
If I was charged for a disposable straw 20.8% 64
If reusable straws were available for purchase at a low price 21.4% 66
None of the above 16.6% 51
Other 12.0% 37

13. Which of the following statements best characterizes your thoughts on restricting the distribution of single-use plastic straws at local establishments? (Select all that apply)

Response Percent Response Count
I would be supportive of a City ordinance banning single-use plastic straws at local establishments. 55.7% 172
I would be supportive of a City ordinance requiring that local establishments only provide single-use plastic straws upon customer request. 34.3% 106
I would be supportive of a City ordinance banning single-use plastic straws at local establishments, but allowing them to serve compostable paper straws instead. 76.7% 237
I would not support restrictions on the distribution of single-use plastic straws at local establishments. 8.1% 25

Please feel free to comment on any of the above options:

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14. Where do you typically get information about local activity in Fremont? (Select all that apply)

Response Percent Response Count
Print newspapers 37.5% 115
Online news 59.3% 182
Local radio 16.6% 51
Personal social media accounts 33.9% 104
Neighborhood/HOA emails 22.5% 69
NextDoor 39.4% 121
City social media accounts 22.8% 70
City printed newsletters 35.8% 110
City website 25.1% 77
City emails, e-newsletters, & text messages 54.4% 167
Community events 13.7% 42
City Council meetings 5.9% 18
School news updates 15.6% 48
Public advertisements (bus stops, BART, etc) 8.1% 25
Local TV news channels 22.8% 70
Cable Channel 27 1.3% 4
Other 6.5% 20

15. Have you ever seen the image above?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 35.9% 111
No 64.1% 198

16. Please provide us with any additional thoughts or concerns you have regarding environmental sustainability:

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Jo Marshall inside Mission San Jose
July 22, 2018, 1:07 PM
  • 1. Which of the following statements best characterizes your approach to environmental sustainability?
    • Protecting the environment is a top priority for me.
  • 2. When it comes to protecting our local environment, which topics are most important to you? (Select all that apply)
    • Air pollution
    • Climate change
    • Protecting the SF Bay
    • Food waste & composting
    • Recycling
    • Plastic pollution
    • Wildlife preservation
  • 3. Who do you feel has the most responsibility for protecting the local environment? (Select all that apply)
    • People like me / local residents
    • Private corporations
    • Local and regional government
    • Religious and faith-based organizations
  • 4. Which of the following single-use disposable items are the biggest threat to the environment? (Select up to 3)
    • Plastic shopping bags
    • Food packaging and take-out containers
    • Plastic water bottles
  • 5. How often do you currently use the following single-use items?
    • Plastic shopping bags - Rarely (less than once a month)
    • Food packaging & take-out containers - Rarely (less than once a month)
    • To-go beverage cups (coffee, tea, soda, etc.) - Rarely (less than once a month)
    • Polystyrene (“Styrofoam”) cups, plates, or containers - Rarely (less than once a month)
    • Plastic straws - Never
    • Plastic utensils - Never
    • Plastic water bottles - Rarely (less than once a month)
    • Plastic sandwich, snack, or storage bags - 2-4 times a week
  • 6. Which types of local establishments do you frequent that serve you single-use plastic straws? (Select all that apply)
    • Take-out restaurants
    • Dine-in restaurants & bars
    • Coffee or tea shops
  • 7. What would motivate you to reduce your use of single-use plastic straws? (Select all that apply)
    • Having to ask for a plastic straw
    • Having only paper straws available
  • 8. Do you currently own a reusable straw?
    • No
  • 9. If you own a reusable straw, how frequently do you use it? (Skip to #10 if you don't own a reusable straw)
    No response.
  • 10. If you wanted to reduce your waste, would you rather: (Pick only 1)
    • Stop using straws altogether.
  • 11. If you were to use an alternative to a single-use plastic straw, what type of material would you prefer for that straw to be made of? (Select all that apply)
    • Compostable paper
    • Food-based/edible (example: hollow dry pasta noodle)
  • 12. What would motivate you use a reusable straw more often? (Select all that apply)
    • None of the above
  • 13. Which of the following statements best characterizes your thoughts on restricting the distribution of single-use plastic straws at local establishments? (Select all that apply)
    • I would be supportive of a City ordinance requiring that local establishments only provide single-use plastic straws upon customer request.
    • I would be supportive of a City ordinance banning single-use plastic straws at local establishments, but allowing them to serve compostable paper straws instead.
  • Please feel free to comment on any of the above options:
    Having to ask for a straw would reduce usage some, but we don't know how much. Compostables would be preferable.
  • 14. Where do you typically get information about local activity in Fremont? (Select all that apply)
    • Print newspapers
    • Neighborhood/HOA emails
    • NextDoor
    • City printed newsletters
    • City website
    • City emails, e-newsletters, & text messages
    • City Council meetings
  • 15. Have you ever seen the image above?
    • No
  • 16. Please provide us with any additional thoughts or concerns you have regarding environmental sustainability:

    It's amazing how many single-use plastics there are around us. Most we use and dispose of without thinking about whether we really need the item itself or whether that item has to be plastic or disposable. I'm glad that we're beginning to focus on the issue. I also believe that we as a country should be responsible for disposing of anything we produce; sending our waste to China (or any other country) is an abdication of that responsibility.

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