plastic_bags.jpgA Daly City councilman plans to introduce an ordinance that would ban the use of plastic bags in the city.

Councilman David Canepa said in a statement that he will introduce an ordinance at Monday’s city council meeting that would ban single-use plastic bags at “big box” retail stores that are 10,000 square feet or larger.

Canepa said the negative environmental impacts of plastic bag waste on waterways and coastlines and the cost to local governments responsible for managing disposal motivated the proposed legislation.

“They cost local government millions of dollars in cleanup and disposal expenses,” Environment California spokeswoman Julia Ritchie said in a statement. “They foul the environment and endanger wildlife.”

Twenty-six California cities have enacted similar bans, Canepa said.

The city council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at 333 90th St. in Daly City.

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