Group wants to ban plastic bags in San Diego
Issue to be discussed by SD council committee
Last Updated: 93 days ago
SAN DIEGO - The controversial issue of banning plastic bags in the city of San Diego will be a top discussion at a San Diego City Council committee meeting on Wednesday.
The proposal would ban all single-use carryout plastic bags at retail stores and add a 10-cent charge for paper bags.
Surfrider Foundation is hoping to change America's attachment to the plastic bag.
"It's not going to be convenient," said Jeff Olson. He and his fellow volunteers set up outside Northgate Market in Barrio Logan on Tuesday, handing out free reusable bags as shoppers headed in.
Many seemed open to the idea. A woman named Elizabeth told 10News, "I just see the animals are dying in the ocean, so we don't like that."
However, a recent survey found that 60 percent of Americans oppose banning plastic bags where they live. Surfrider volunteers said they have collected thousands of signatures that they will deliver to San Diego's City Council on Wednesday, hoping they will put the issue on the agenda.
San Diego Councilman and mayoral candidate David Alvarez is already supporting the cause.
"That's a big part of this campaign … is to let them know the harm that it causes the environment and how easy it is to get your own bag and reuse it every time and it's part of changing the culture," he told 10News.
Encinitas, Solana Beach and Los Angeles along with nearly two dozen other California cities already prohibit stores from using plastic bags. Customers that need one have to pay for them. Some use none at all.
Folks at Surfrider Foundation hope San Diego will join the movement to ban the bags.
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