September 1, 2014
Ads wrapped in plastic bags that pitch everything from landscapers to pool cleaners soon will be illegal in this oceanfront city.
The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to ban plastic bags used for advertising, whether they're thrown onto a driveway or hung from a doorknob.
Solana Beach is joining other cities around the world to take steps to reduce plastic pollution.
The number of plastic bags used annually worldwide has been estimated as high as 1 trillion, and they are thought to make up as much as 80 percent of all marinedebris.
City Manager David Ott says a particularly pesky problem was caused by advertisers who stuff bags with a business card or flier - along with a handful of rocks to weight down the contents.
Ott said the bags get washed into the city's storm system.