Encinitas-based Equinox Center released a report that said
the proposed ordinance to restrict the use of plastic bags at retail outlets in San Diego would reduce the number of bags used in the city of San
Diego by 70 percent.
The report found that 500 million of the wispy thin bags are used in San
Diego annually, and 95 percent of them which end up in landfills. The report
estimated that 350 million fewer bags would be used if the proposed ordinance
Environmentalists contend the bags not only take up valuable landfill
space, but blow onto streets and beaches, and are harmful to marine life. The
bags are difficult for recyclers because they jam up equipment, environmental
The Equinox Center report found that neither retailers nor consumers
suffered significant economic damage because of plastic bag bans in 85
jurisdictions around the state.
Some costs went up for stores as customers opted for paper bags, but the
center suggested most patrons will make the transition to reusable bags.
Customers shelled out $7.70 to buy reusable bags in cities where a ban went
into effect, but those costs should go away because they can be used for years,
the report found.