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Newport Beach opposes plastic bag ban

April 21, 2011 |  7:39 am

Plastic bags dot a Los Angeles landfill.A proposed prohibition on the use of plastic bags by retail establishments similar to those adopted by Long Beach and some other California cities, was dead on arrival when it come to the Newport Beach City Council.

"This one would be a doozy, and we would potentially expose the city to litigation," said Councilwoman Leslie Daigle.

None of the council members spoke in favor of a ban, including Nancy Gardner, who has advocated for environmental regulations in the past.

"I do recycle my grocery bags," said Mayor Mike Henn, "in conjunction with walking the dog, virtually every day."

Environmentalists say fewer plastic grocery bags would mean less plastic in the sea, where animals can get tangled in it or confuse it for food.

Read the full story: Newport kills plastic bag ban proposal

ALSO:

Plastic shopping bag ban begins in Santa Monica

-- Mike Reicher, Daily Pilot / Times Community News

Photo: Plastic bags dot a Los Angeles landfill. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

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