San Diego City Council Votes to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags

Plastic bags will soon be banned in the city of San Diego, under an ordinance passed Tuesday by the San Diego City Council.

Councilors voted to ban single-use plastic bags. The new ordinance will take effect in September after a second reading of the ordinance later this summer.

The ordinance will include a six-month grace period for grocery stores and pharmacies; convenience stores and smaller markets will have one-year grace period.

As part of the new ordinance, shoppers who don’t bring their own bags will have to purchase paper bags for 10 cents.

Restaurants, newspaper delivery and bags for transporting produce, meat, poultry, dry cleaning and laundry are not included in the city ban.

San Diego’s new ordinance came after a statewide proposal to ban plastic bags in 2014 failed to go into effect.

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