Huntington Beach Considers Plastic Bag Ban
On Monday, City Council members voted to put an item on a March meeting agenda to consider the environmental impacts of banning single-use plastic bags in Huntington Beach and instead encourage the use of reusable shopping bags.
The proposal in Huntington Beach would allow businesses to charge a fee for shoppers who want to continue using single-use plastic bags, which Councilman Joe Shaw said could mean added revenue for small businesses. “A lot of people were trying to say the sky was going to fall if we lost our right to a free plastic bag in the grocery store,” Shaw said. “I don’t know why we argued about this as much as we did. To me, it’s pretty much a feel good for everybody and it will have a positive effect on the environment.”
Irvine and San Clemente are other Orange County cities that are considering jumping on board, while Laguna Beach already enacted a plastic bag ban last year and it went into effect January 1, 2013.
Councilmembers Joe Carchio, Dave Sullivan and Matthew Harper have mixed feelings and voted against considering the environmental report and plastic bag ban.
The environmental study has already been conducted and the findings published. The environmental study is expected to come before the Council for consideration on March 18th.