Single-use plastic bags are lightweight, convenient and easily used for other purposes, but we forget that they play a big role in our environmental problems, including the pollution of our ocean, waves and beaches. California has been encouraging the limit of these plastic bags by offering replacement reusable bags and implementing plastic bag bans.
On October 23rd, 2013, the City of San Diego’s Rules and Economic Development Committee agreed to the proposed ban on single-use plastic checkout bags. The city is still in the process of examining the ordinance by performing environmental reviews before they go back for a final vote this coming summer.
As this is a great starting point for San Diego, still the proposed ordinance is excluding numerous retailers that could limit the city’s ability to enforce the ordinance and collect data to demonstrate the effectiveness of it. The Surfrider Foundation is taking action to propose and pass a plastic bag ordinance that will include all retailers in the area and require annual reporting.
The Equinox Center Report will describe the benefits that banning plastic bags will have on our oceans, waves and beaches. Please take a minute to sign the Action Alert provided here. By submitting the information, an e-mail will be sent to Mayor Faulconer and the San Diego City Council stating your support of the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance. The Surfrider Foundation is also happy to provide you with their contact information, in case you would like to take a bigger step on this cause.