SAN JOSE, Calif. — The city council here has approved an ordinance that would ban single-use plastic and paper carryout bags by Jan. 1, 2011. However, the council must still write the actual ordinance and conduct environmental reviews — a process that could take up to six months, a council spokeswoman told SN. The 9-1 vote in favor of the ban followed a press conference at which elected representatives from surrounding cities advocated a regional approach to the bag issue and said they ...

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