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Plastic Bag Ban On Hold

plastic bagsPlastic bag manufacturers and other opponents of California’s single-use plastic bag ban have submitted what they say are enough signatures for a referendum on the ban, essentially putting the law on hold.

In October 2014, 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.

The American Plastic Bag Alliance, an industry group opposed to the ban, immediately began collecting signatures to overturn the law. The signature deadline was Jan. 1.

Referendum backers said they had more than 800,000 signatures — surpassing the 504,760 needed to qualify for a vote, the Sacramento Bee reports.

“We are pleased to have reached this important milestone in the effort to repeal a terrible piece of job-killing legislation and look forward to giving California voters a chance to make their voice heard at the ballot box in 2016,” said American Progressive Bag Alliance executive director Lee Califf.

The California Grocers Association, which supported the plastic bag ban, told the Sacramento Bee that its members had not made a decision about whether to get involved.

Photo Credit: plastic bags via Shutterstock

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4 thoughts on “Plastic Bag Ban On Hold

  1. Banning plastic bags is unnecessary if all retailers would charge a mandatory $.25 per bags while simultaneously providing a way for customers to recycle old bags while refunding them $.20 per bag that they bring back to recycle. Plastic bags are lighter, More sanitary and easier to handle than paper bags which require either cutting down trees.

  2. What the plastic bag ban proponents take great pains to conceal is that the percentage of trash that are plastic bags is miniscule. Want proof? Just look at how little plastic bags contribute to your own trash. And the vast majority of trash is responsibly disposed of in landfills. This ban will have no material effect on the amount trash generated by citizens, so in that regard the ban is meaningless. But the impact of this law on all of us, from the dangerous bacteria spread from reused bags, to the increased costs we will have to pay every time we shop, to the massive inconvenience this will cause, will be enormous for us all.

  3. The plastic bag manufacturers are the ones fighting this. That’s like saying we shouldn’t shut down cigarette factories because people will lose their job. Plastic bags are NOT good for the environment. Get a job making reusable bags, or another job. #recyclereducereuse

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