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San Diegans May Soon Be Asked To BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag)

Evening Edition

Aired 10/31/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS

Roger Kube, Surfrider Foundation, San Diego Chapter

Cathy Browne, General Manager, Crowne Poly, a plastic bag manufacturer in Huntington Beach

Jack Macy, spokesperson, San Francisco Department of the Environment

Mark Arabo, President, Neighborhood Market Association

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Report: Proposed San Diego Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance

Report: Proposed San Diego Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance

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The city of San Diego is moving closer to an ordinance that will change the typical shopping experience.

Early next year, the San Diego City Council will decide whether to ban single-use plastic grocery bags.

The new law would also require grocery stores to charge 10 cents for paper bags.

If approved, San Diego would join Los Angeles, San Francisco and the closer-to-home Solana Beach in banning plastic bags.

Environmentalists are big supporters of the move, but some small retailers are concerned their businesses and customers will suffer.

Comments

Avatar for user 'muckapoo1'

muckapoo1 | October 31, 2013 at 1:46 p.m. ― 5 months, 3 weeks ago

But what will I do with the kitty litter waste and remarks by MissionAccomplished??? I think that was being redundant.

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SDforward | October 31, 2013 at 9:51 p.m. ― 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Yay! Continue to be so proud to live in this progressive State with a moral compass.

However, maybe institute a 10-50 cent charge, at least in the beginning, as a middle ground, rather than go right to a ban. After all, having some plastic bags can be useful (e.g., discarding of trash)...

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muckapoo1 | November 1, 2013 at 2:17 p.m. ― 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Can't wait to see how much food-borne illness increases when this takes place. There are already too many instances of it where people were forced to use the bought bags. Happy salmonella all !!!!!!

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Surfrider | November 3, 2013 at 10:34 p.m. ― 5 months, 3 weeks ago

There have been no casses of food-borne illnesses due to a reusable bag. Your statement is simply not true.

http://www.equinoxcenter.org/assets/files/Plastic%20Bag%20Ban%20Web%20Version%2010-22-13%20CK.pdf

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Eddie89 | November 4, 2013 at 1:08 p.m. ― 5 months, 3 weeks ago

We've been bringing our own bags to stores for over 6 years. And some stores like Whole Foods and Jimbo's actually give you money back for bringing your own bag! At Trader Joe's you can enter their raffle for weekly drawings, when you bring your own bag.

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