OCEANSIDE — Stores in
Oceanside will have to provide shoppers with paper or reusable bags
instead of single-use plastic bags starting next year under a new
ordinance approved by the City Council on Wednesday.
voted, 3 to 2 — with Councilmen Jerry Kern and Jack Feller voting no —
to ban single-use plastic bags in the city. It is now one of more than
150 municipalities across the state who say plastic bags are devastating
to sea life and the environment.
Oceanside’s ordinance will require large stores, those that generate
more than $2 million in annual sales or have at least 10,000 square feet
of sales space, to stop using single-use plastic bags starting in
January. Other smaller stores would follow a year later.
“I’m so proud that we are at this point,” said Councilwoman Esther Sanchez, who voted for the ban.
About 15 people spoke during the meeting, all of them in favor of the
ordinance. But Feller said banning the bags would be an inconvenience
for many customers, especially those with large families.
said he wanted to postpone action on the ordinance until after the
November election, when voters will get to decide on a statewide ban.
In September 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 270 banning the
plastic shopping bags statewide, but that law’s implementation was put
on hold because opponents qualified a referendum for the November
Oceanside’s ordinance would allow stores to charge
customers a minimum of 10 cents for each paper or reusable bag. To limit
the effects of those costs on low-income families, stores may provide
the bags free of charge to customers that participate in some food
assistance programs,,such as the state Special Supplemental Food Program
for Women, Infants and Children. By Edward Sifuentes | 7:20 p.m. Aug. 10, 2016