Plastic bags may soon be banned in Santa Cruz.
Taking a cue from neighboring San Francisco, the city is considering a ban on non-biodegradable plastic bags used by supermarkets and other retailers. The petroleum-based sacks have been blamed for littering streets and choking marine life.
The city Public Works Department said a local ordinance has yet to be drafted. The San Francisco legislation — passed last month — allows large markets and pharmacies to use biodegradable bags made of corn starch or bags made of recyclable paper.
Mayor Emily Reilly said she has received many e-mails and phone calls from residents who want the San Francisco bag ban extended to Santa Cruz.
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“We need to include the community in the conversation and know that there won’t be any unintended consequences before we forge ahead,” Reilly said.