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Manufacturers Begin Process to Overturn California’s Plastic Bag Ban

plastic bagsPlastic bag manufacturers can now begin collecting signatures for a vote to overturn California’s ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, the Associated Press reports.

Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the statewide law — the first in the US — that institutes a plastic bag ban beginning in 2015 for grocery store carry-out bags and creates a mandatory minimum 10-cent fee for recycled paper, reusable plastic and compostable bags.

If opponents submit more than 500,000 signatures by January, however, the ban won’t take effect until it goes to a vote.

The American Plastic Bag Alliance says if this becomes law it will “jeopardize thousands of California manufacturing jobs, hurt the environment, and fleece consumers for billions so grocery store shareholders and their union partners can line their pockets,” according to Lee Califf, the group’s executive director.

Photo Credit: plastic bags via Shutterstock



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5 thoughts on “Manufacturers Begin Process to Overturn California’s Plastic Bag Ban

  1. Uh, yeah American Plastic Bag Alliance, keep telling yourself that this is going to “hurt the environment.” Think of it as CDs replacing tapes. Reusable bags are replacing plastic bags. People are becoming more conscious of the environment. I support the plastic bag ban.

  2. God bless plastic bag manufacturers for this ever to repeal this ridiculous law in California. Plastic bags are my, sanitary and are probably no less damaging to the environment and paper bags which rely on cutting down trees for their raw materials. A much better proposal would be mandatory recycling of plastic bags by storeowners and other merchants who use them. Better yet, require a $.25 per bag deposit which consumers can get back when they bring back bags to get recycled.

  3. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29631332

    I do not think that Boyan Slat would agree with any of you. He is a 20-year-old on a mission – to rid the world’s oceans of floating plastic. He has dedicated his teenage years to finding a way of collecting it. But can the system really work – and is there any point when so much new plastic waste is still flowing into the sea every day?

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