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San Diego Tentatively Adopts Plastic Bag Ban

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The City Council voted Tuesday to tentatively ban single-use plastic bags. The vote came in at 6-3 after much pressure from several communities and environmentalists over increased trash collection and pollution caused from stray bags ending up in creeks, streams and our waterways.

Technically the ban is only tentative, with a second reading in two weeks where the ban will become official if passed. After that, the ordinance would go into effect within 40 days.

The tentatively approved ban would reduce the 700 million single-use plastic bags being used in San Diego yearly. Statistics estimate only 3% are recycled.

Dissenting opinions stem from a statewide proposition that will be on the ballot in November. The state wide ban is expected to pass, meaning San Diego will be just slightly ahead of the game.

Wondering if you will be affected? The bag ban applies to all single-use carryout plastic bags but is limited to certain types of stores. Restaurants and dry cleaning/laundry facilities are exempt; and bags at the grocery store for produce and meat will still be allowed.

A six-month grace period will be in effect for grocery and retail locations, so there is still time to stockpile for us at-home users who happily reuse these bags for trash bags, pet clean-up and more.

San Diego resident for over 10 years, I now call this beautiful city home. Originally from the Bay Area, I'm a California girl at heart. I love the outdoors, fitness, food, and a good craft beer (from San Diego of course).

1 Comment

  1. Roger Kube

    July 20, 2016 at 11:19 am

    On behalf of Surfrider Foundation, thank you to Council President Lightner and City Staff for all their support and work on this ordinance. Also, thank you to all the other Councilmembers who voted yes; Lorie Zapf, Marti Emerald, David Alvarez, Todd Gloria, and Myrtle Cole. We appreciate your commitment to a clean environment by addressing the plastic pollution issue in San Diego!

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