Del Mar City Council will consider a city-wide plastic bag ban at a Monday night meeting, similar to other San Diego County cities.
Several county cities, such as Encinitas and Solana Beach, have already implemented similar plastic bag bans.
The reasoning behind the ban centers around the environmental impact of plastic bags, according to the city’s Sustainability Committee. However, the proposed ban would not be applicable to the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
The move comes in light of an expected vote on California's plastic bag ban law, which will be on the November 2016 ballot, state election officials have said. The implementation of the law is suspended until voters weigh in on the issue.
The board recommends if the Del Mar ban was approved, the city would undergo a six-month phased implementation for retail establishments and a one-year phased implementation for restaurants and the Del Mar Farmers Market.
The council is expected to approve an official vote on the matter for Feb. 16th, 2016. The public would be invited to come speak in support or against the ban on that date.
If the ban is approved in February, city-wide implementation would work as follows: Phase 1, for retail spaces, would go into effect on Oct. 6, 2016. For restaurants and farmer's markets, the ban would go into effect April 6, 2017.
The meeting tonight begins at 6 p.m.