Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.


Another OC City Considers Plastic Bag Ban

Photo by Jon Nightingale via Shutterstock
Before you
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your tax-deductible financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

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."

Support for LAist comes from

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."