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Solana Beach moves closer to banning single-use plastic items within city limits

Posted at 11:26 PM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 16:46:06-04

SOLANA BEACH, Calif. (KGTV) - The Solana Beach City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to move closer to banning the sale of single-use plastic items within city limits, unless they are compostable or recyclable.

The proposed ban also prohibits restaurants from providing single-use plastic items to their customers.

The proposal aims to prohibit from beach areas polystyrene foam coolers and boogie boards that are not encased in hard materials. These items are known to break apart easily raising concerns about the risks to health and the environment.

The ordinance would also limit the sale of all plastic bottles on city owned property and city sponsored events.

City officials say they reached out to the community for feedback on the ban, including restaurants in the city, the California Grocers Association, and the American Beverage Association.

Both associations provided feedback during Wednesday night's meeting asking for minor modifications to the ordinance.

The city council must approve the item at a future meeting to make the ban final.

Businesses will have one year from that date to be in compliance.