HAYWARD — City Councilman Olden Henson said he wants Hayward to consider joining Oakland and San Francisco in banning plastic shopping bags from stores.

"I think it's time we started to take a look at a ban on plastic bags," Henson said Thursday. "We would have to engage the merchants and see what the logistics are, but I think it's time we really stepped up on this."

Henson, who is also on the board of the Alameda County Waste Management Authority, said he plans to bring the environmentally minded proposal up at Tuesday night's meeting of the City Council.

His comments came on the heels of the Oakland City Council's vote on Tuesday to ban plastic shopping bags from supermarkets, big drug stores and all stores with gross annual sales of more than $1 million.

Hayward Councilwoman Barbara Halliday said she thinks the idea probably is something that should be discussed by the Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force, a 30-member committee of Hayward residents and business owners.

"I'm inclined to be supportive of that," Halliday said. "They're a lot of the litter problem, and the manufacture of them is problematic."

She said she first would "want to hear from merchants in our community" and also consider measures that discourage use of Styrofoam at fast-food restaurants.

Oakland's pending plastic shopping bag ban doesn't affect restaurants, but the City Council already had banned Styrofoam food containers from restaurants there last year.


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