South Orange County

Laguna Beach Plastic Bag Ban

Victory | February 28 2012

Plastic Pollution

The City of Laguna Beach Environmental Committee recommended banning single-use plastic bags from all stores and city facilities, except for restaurant’s carryout bags. Grocery stores and pharmacies could provide recycled paper bags instead, for a fee. Like a previous ban on foam containers, businesses would have six months to use up their supply of the bags. After that, violators would receive a warning for the first offense, followed by increasing fines for additional offenses. City staff hosted a community workshop on the issue in October 2011 and we are waiting their return to the council with a draft ordinance. Laguna Beach City Council approved the ordinance at their Feb 7, 2012 City council meeting then confirmed it with a second and final vote on Feb 18, 2012.

Plastic Pollution

Rise Above Plastics is designed to eliminate the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.

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Bill Hickman

South OC Chapter Contact: Denise Erkeneff