Thursday, July 10, 2008

Go Encinitas!!

City Council considers ban on plastic bags

Encinitas, a beach town where crosswalk signs show pedestrians carrying surfboards, could become the first city in San Diego County to ban single-use plastic bags.

The bags often wind up as litter in the waves. They look like jellyfish and are mistakenly eaten by sea turtles and other marine life. About 6.4 million tons of litter enter the world's oceans each year, 90 percent of it plastic.

Encinitas City Councilwomen Maggie Houlihan and Teresa Barth announced their support for a plastic bag ban last month after the San Diego chapter of Surfrider Foundation gave the council a bag-ban petition signed by 1,500 people.

The rest of the article here.

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