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Santa Monica Considers Comprehensive Bag Ban

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Santa Monica is getting ready to put a drastic bag ban measure on the table next week. Previous musings about a state-level ban have made waves already this year, and the movement by the public to carry reusable bags is steadily gaining momentum.

Per a press release, their proposal includes directives from the staff, asking that the City Council:

1. direct the City Attorney to draft an ordinance banning the free distribution to customers of single use plastic (including biodegradable plastic) carryout bags at stores within Santa Monica; and 2. provide staff with direction on a proposal to require retailers to charge a fee on single use paper bags in addition to the ban on plastic bags.

So essentially, no disposable bags can be handed out in Santa Monica unless they meet strident requirements aimed at reducing impact on the environment, including in their manufacture and distribution. The issue hits the Council's tables on Tuesday, incidentally the same evening the
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fate of the city's ficus trees is decided, too.

More findings from the study as reported after the jump.