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San Diego City Council pursues plastic-bag ban

(Editor's note: This post originally appeared on SDGLN media partner San Diego Uptown News).

SAN DIEGO -- The City Council’s Rules and Economic Development Committee discussed a citywide ban on plastic bags at the committee’s regular meeting, held Wednesday, Sept. 11. Chaired by Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner, the committee helped craft a “plastic bag reduction ordinance” to reduce plastic carryout bags at supermarkets and large retail outlets, a press release from Interim Mayor Todd Gloria said.

In 2013, Senate Bill 405, proposing a similar ban for the entire state, failed by three votes. Currently, Solana Beach, Calif. is the only San Diego County city that enforces a plastic-bag ban.

“In [Fiscal Year 2013], the Environmental Services Department spent approximately $160,000 on the abatement of plastic bag litter, including controlling wind-blown plastic bags at the Miramar Landfill and abating plastic bags in rights of way and on city property throughout the city,” the committee report states.

Gloria will seek further input from the city’s Environmental Services Department and the City Attorney’s office before the ordinance is presented to the full council.

“A plastic bag reduction ordinance simply makes sense,” Gloria said in the release. “Our neighborhoods, our beaches, our waterways, our landfills and our overall environment will benefit from fewer plastic bags.”

Lightner’s committee will see a progress report at its Oct. 23 meeting.