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Huntington Beach moves closer to plastic bag ban

August 16, 2011 |  9:13 am

Laurie Gould of Pasadena shows her support for banning plastic bags during a meeting last year of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.

The Huntington Beach City Council has voted to create an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags.

The council voted 4 to 3 Monday for city staff to develop a new law that would ban stores from using plastic bags, and instead replace them with reusable bags, the Huntington Beach Independent reported.

City staff was also directed to coordinate with other organizations to create an educational program to bring about a change of attitude about plastic bags.

The ordinance would not ban plastic bags to separate produce or meat, or ban bags used to collect pet droppings at the dog beach.

At least a half-dozen people spoke in favor of the ordinance.

The state Supreme Court last month upheld a city's right to restrict the usage of plastic bags.

Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles, Calabasas and Long Beach all have ordinances banning them.

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Photo: Laurie Gould of Pasadena shows her support for banning plastic bags during a meeting last year of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

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