It looks like Santa Barbara, Calif., will be the new ground zero for the U.S. debate on plastic bag bans. According to Santa Barbara's The Daily Sound newspaper, the City Council "appears to be leaning away from creating an ordinance to ban plastic bags or heavily regulating them." That's blasphemy to some in a city that's proud of its environmental legacy. (Among other things, the city is home to the University of California at Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science & Management.) According to the Sound's report, a majority of the city's ordinance committee support a plan to voluntarily reduce single-use plastic bag consumption, and encourage residents to use reusable bags. Kathi King of the Santa Barbara Community Environmental Council likened the defense of the plastic bag industry to those defending tobacco companies, according to Joshua Molina's report. With that level of rhetoric, watch for sparks to fly as the City Council continues its debate on plastic bag bans.
Ground zero for bag debate: Santa Barbara
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