On September 11th, 2013 the City of San Diego’s Rules and Economic Development Committee voted unanimously to move forward with the process of drafting a plastic bag reduction ordinance AKA bag ban.  Read this UT article titled San Diego Moves to Ban Plastic Bags for a recap of the meeting.

The committee met again on October 24th, 2013 to review staff recommendations on the ordinance process and once again voted unanimously to continue moving forward.  The next steps are to undergo an environmental review and finalize the ordinance language.  The measure might not reach the full council for another nine months.  For more on this topic, read this UT article titled San Diego Bag Ban Moves Forward.

Fox 5 – Plastic Bag Ban Debate

CBS8 – Plastic Bag Ban Clears First Hurdle with City Council

Fox 5 – Plastic Bag Ban Moves Forward in San Diego

Activists from the Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter attended both meetings and testified in support of the bag ban.  We will continue to follow this issue and provide updates along the way.  If you would like to get involved contact rap@surfridersd.org.

For an analysis of the economic and environmental impacts of a San Diego plastic bag reduction ordinance, check out Equinox Plastic Bag Ban Report.

Click here for details on San Diego’s proposed plastic bag reduction ordinance.