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Another OC City Considers Plastic Bag Ban

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A third Orange County city is contemplating crafting a ban on disposable plastic bags.

San Clemente's Coastal Advisory Committee are due to take up the issue Thursday evening at a meeting, reports the OC Register.

Currently, two cities in Orange County have bans on single-use plastic bags in place, though so far only one is in effect. Laguna Beach's ban kicked in on January 1, 2013, and Dana Point's similar ban will go into effect this April.

It is not clear how closely a proposed San Clemente bag ban would mimic those in other OC cities. In Laguna Beach, the terms of the ban prohibit the "the distribution of plastic bags at all retail stores in Laguna Beach except for eating establishments." Included as "grocery" stores are "supermarkets, convenience stores, liquor stores and gas station marts."

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A bit of background on the plastic bag predicament in San Clemente:

San Clemente's Coastal Advisory Committee says plastic debris is a problem along the coast and, a year ago, proposed a plastic-bag ban to the City Council. While council members looked favorably on it, Assistant City Engineer Tom Bonigut said, it got only one vote out of 20 cast by council members during a priority-setting session in February. So nothing was done.

Now the bag ban is once again up for discussion in San Clemente.

In Los Angeles County, the plastic bag ban--considered a prototype model for other area cities--was implemented in July 2011. Among the other cities in L.A. County to ban the bags are West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Long Beach, and the city of Los Angeles, whose ban is considered "aggressive."