California May Become First State to Completely Ban Plastic Bags
We bash plastic bottles and the bottled water industry quite a bit here on BTB, but let’s not forget that plastic bags are just as wasteful and unneeded. California legislators seem to think so as well.
Last Friday,the California Assembly Appropriations Committee passed AB 1998 and will be voted on this Friday by the full Assembly.
If passed, the law would go into effect Jan. 1, 2012. Gov. Schwarzenegger has shown support for the move.
San Francisco made history when it became the first city to officially ban plastic shopping bags in 2007, making it a pioneer of the outlawing of common to-go plastic products.
Other cities in the Bay Area, including Oakland and Palo Alto, shortly followed suit.
However, if passed, AB 1998 would be the first statewide ban in history. Supporters say the bill would support the state’s efforts in reducing its waste.
“This legislation starts breaking our addiction to single-use plastic packaging, which has gotten completely out of control,” Mark Gold, president of Heal the Bay, told the Los Angeles Times.