OB Town Council Supports Ban on Plastic Bags

by on December 4, 2013 · 10 comments

in Environment, Ocean Beach

plastic bag windJust recently, the Ocean Beach Town Council passed a resolution that supports the ban on plastic bags in the City of San Diego. When the Council met on November 14, it passed it in support of the ordinance before the City.

Here is some of the language in the Resolution (which can be found on the OBTC website):

  •  More than 500 million single-use plastic bags are distributed annually in San Diego, and approximately 3% are recycled.
  • Improper disposal results in plastic bags becoming windblown through our streets, parks, and beaches, clogging our storm drains and sewers, degrading our soils and waterways, and threatening the lives of avian and marine species.
  •  Over 70 California municipalities have enacted ordinances banning or restricting the use of plastic bags.
  •  The OBTC is committed to protecting our natural environment and the public health and welfare of our community’s residents.
  • Therefore, the OBTC supports a Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance and recommends that the City of San Diego enact a ban on single-use carry-out plastic bags as the most administratively efficient and cost effective measure to address the issues of wasted energy, excess greenhouse gases, litter, and soil and water pollution,
  • and we request Ocean Beach businesses and organizations to stop carrying single-use carry-out plastic bags and to join the Plastic Pollution Coalition (http://plasticpollutioncoalition.org/).

Here is the full OBTC Bag Ban Resolution.

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avatar bodysurferbob December 4, 2013 at 2:26 pm

awesome for the ocean my friends on the council

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avatar want2surf December 4, 2013 at 3:46 pm

we can certainly learn to live without them.

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avatar Laura December 4, 2013 at 4:45 pm

What can us residents do to help this get passed?

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avatar Marilyn December 4, 2013 at 6:15 pm

I’m fine with this, except I’m an old lady with a bad back and have Vons deliver my groceries instead of hauling them. They are delivered in plastic bags. Paying extra for the bags won’t change anything, because many times they arrive with things that leak.
When I shop for things in small quanities I use a cloth bag.
I don’t think I could support a total ban because it will be more of a handicap for people like me.

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avatar Steve December 4, 2013 at 9:09 pm

I know many a people who use these plastic bags to pick up after their dogs. If plastic bags get banned, don’t be surprised if you are stepping on dog feces more often.

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avatar Jon December 5, 2013 at 6:59 am

It’s a valid concern, but Responsible dog owners will continue picking up after their pets. You can purchase compostable dog bags for very cheap online, or at most pet stores. http://www.dogpoopbags.com

Having a pet means taking on that sort of responsibility. Remember, people had pets and groceries long before we had single use plastic bags. It won’t be that hard.

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avatar Marilyn December 5, 2013 at 9:47 am

How about making the tee-shirt bag of compostable “plastic” too? Where are the factories that make them? Used to be made in Israel.
How about re-engineering the bag to use less plastic? How about a string bag? How about making them of hemp? Oh, that’s right. Can’t grow that! Somebody might be arrested for smoking a bag.
What have other cities done that banned plastic bags?

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avatar Jon December 5, 2013 at 10:39 am

Hey Marilyn,

Here’s a pretty comprehensive list for California:
http://www.cawrecycles.org/issues/plastic_campaign/plastic_bags/local

My own personal opinion is that, I’m not a huge fan of banning things outright. But living by the coast, we see first hand the damage being done by these bags. They are almost never recycled, and there are so many better options which are just as convenient. I still have plenty of these bags clustered under my kitchen sink that I try to reuse, so I’m no absolute purist. But I think the fact I can’t run away from them as hard as I try speaks to the need to get rid of them altogether and focus on more sustainable conveniences.

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avatar Marilyn December 5, 2013 at 10:46 am

Okay, I looked up the bio-bag, made in Florida with an Italian technology. There are few instances where they might not compost, and our landfills may not compost. I am ignorant of the San Diego landfills.
San Francisco businesses, according to the website, use these bags, and they are approved in California.

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avatar Marilyn December 5, 2013 at 10:52 am

Thanks, Jon. Very informative site.
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