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Cities In San Diego County May Consider Plastic Bag Bans

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Aired 9/1/10

The California Senate defeated a bill to ban plastic grocery bags. Now it appears environmental groups will try to get cities to ban the plastic bags.

The California Senate defeated a bill to ban plastic grocery bags. Now it appears environmental groups will try to get cities to ban the plastic bags.

Dan Jacobson is with Environment California.

He says several cities in San Diego County are considering bans.

"There is movement all over Southern California to make this happen," said Jacobson. "And it makes sense because if you're on the beach you see a lot of plastic bags washing up and it's just disgusting."

Jacobson said support for the statewide ban includes the cities of Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, Solana Beach, Del Mar -- and three waste management associations. San Francisco, Palo Alto and Malibu have already banned plastic grocery bags from grocery, convenience and drug stores.

The American Chemistry Council spent millions of dollars on lobbyists and television ads opposing the bill. The group said the ban would have cut jobs and cost consumers money.

Jacobson said he expects another bill to ban plastic grocery bags to be introduced in the next legislative session.

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