November 2, 2011
Stock up on your canvas bags: the Monterey City Council unanimously approved a ban on the distribution of single-use plastic bags Tuesday night, making Monterey the first Peninsula city to enact such a ban.
The city of Pacific Grove is set to consider drafting a similar ordinance at tonight's City Council meeting.
Monterey's just-passed ordinance and P.G.'s potential law also prohibit the free distribution of recycled paper bags by grocery stores and other retail businesses.
A July 15 California Supreme Court decision to allow plastic bag bans without requiring pricey environmental impact reviews has reignited city- and county-wide bag ban campaigns across the state. California now has 14 jurisdictions with plastic bag bans: 10 cities—Calabasas, Fairfax, Long Beach, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Oakland, Palo Alto, San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Monica— and four counties including Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles and Marin.
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