Encinitas City Council Supports Statewide Bag Ban
On Wednesday evening, the Encinitas City Council voted unanimously to update its legislative priorities for the next year. Part of their changes in priorities is to include their full support of a statewide plastic bag ban. They have been considering a local plastic bag ban, but certainly fully support a statewide ban for many reasons.
Councilman Tony Kranz said, “I think it makes a lot of sense to support the statewide plastic bag ban; twice now they’ve come very close to having the ban and hopefully the third time is the charm.” He also said the statewide ban would put all of the California cities on the same page, thereby preventing confusion over cities’ varying approaches to the ban. This would be a much more cohesive approach.
The California statewide legislation, introduced last month, would ban single-use carryout bags for large retailers in 2015, and then convenience stores and smaller businesses in 2016.
The Encinitas Environmental Commission has been researching the fiscal and environmental impacts of a local plastic bag ban. It will present its finding to council April 10 and ask for further direction. In 2008, Encinitas moved to ban or place a fee on plastic bags with a 3-2 vote. However, the plastic-bag industry threatened litigation, arguing the city needed to complete an environmental impact report. Due to the cost of the environmental impact report, the city never adopted the ban.