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19 billion plastic bags are used each year in California, resulting in 147,000 tons of waste landing in state landfills.

On Wednesday, members of the Solana Beach City Council decided to reduce that waste, directing staff to draft an ordinance banning plastic bags.

When passed, Solana Beach will be the first city in the County to adopt such an ordinance.

The move to ban plastic has been floating around city hall for some time. However, proposals were delayed while the California Supreme Court decided if banning the bags requires an environmental impact report. The court said it did not.

“[The plastic bags] never go away, they don’t decompose. [This ordinance] is long overdue and is about protecting our environment and clean beaches,” councilmember Mike Nichols said during an October 26 city council meeting.

City staff will return at a future council meeting with a draft ordinance.

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