Like dominoes, Peninsula cities are lining up to consider banning plastic carryout bags.

Earlier this week, the Belmont and Pacifica city councils approved plastic bag ordinances modeled after the one San Mateo County recently adopted for unincorporated areas. In addition, Los Altos, Mountain View, Foster City, Colma and Daly City will consider following suit next month, according to Robyn Thaw, a spokeswoman for San Mateo County's health department.

Meanwhile, the Menlo Park and San Carlos city councils are tentatively scheduled to vote on plastic bag bans in January, and more than a dozen other cities in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties are also expected to jump on the bandwagon.

Under the ordinance, stores will be prohibited from offering customers plastic bags for carry-out purchases and will be required to charge a dime per paper bag. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, the price of paper bags will go up to 25 cent each.

Stores get to keep the money to cover the cost of the bags, Thaw said.

San Carlos Assistant City Manager Brian Moura said the city will hold a meeting Dec. 6 to get feedback from retailers and residents.

"Most of the comments I've gotten to date are not only supportive, but they are really enthused about it," said Moura, adding that the only complaint he's heard involves the paper bag charge.

County officials are hoping as many of the bans will go into effect as possible by April 22, which is Earth Day.

The California Grocers Association sent letters earlier this year to Peninsula cities encouraging a regional approach to avoid a "patchwork" of different laws that "would likely confuse consumers."

Plastic bag bans are one way municipalities can meet state-mandated goals for reducing trash in waterways and landfills. The thin bags also clog storm-drain systems and harm wildlife, according to county officials and environmentalists.

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