SAN DIEGO (KNX1070) — SeaWorld San Diego plans to stop giving out plastic bags at the park’s gift stores beginning June 18.

Instead, customers will be offered paper or reusable sacks in order to eliminate more than one million bags from being distributed to consumers, SeaWorld San Diego Communications Director Dave Koontz said.

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Sea World hopes the move “will have a nice impact on reducing pollution, not only in our landfills but also the potential of that type of pollution getting into our coastal ocean waters,” Koontz added.

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The plastic bags can also be a problem for some sea turtles that mistake them for jellyfish and eat the plastic. Koonz told KNX 1070’s Tom Reopelle.

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