- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego City Council has passed a ban on single-use plastic bags at large grocery stores, pharmacies and corner markets - and Mayor Kevin Faulconer says he will sign the ordinance.

The Union-Tribune says (https://bit.ly/29XakGp ) that with Tuesday’s 6-3 vote, San Diego becomes one of the last major cities in California to limit the disposable bags.

Supporters of the rules say the bags too often end up in landfills or as litter in storm drains, rivers, canyons and beaches. Opponents cited broad concerns about local government overreach.

The newspaper says a second reading of the ordinance is expected within a few weeks. Once finalized, the rules would give large food stores about six months to comply. Smaller drug and convenience stores would get a year.

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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, https://www.utsandiego.com


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