California State Assembly Votes Yes On Banning Plastic Bags

California State Assembly Votes Yes On Banning Plastic Bags

California state legislators voted on Wednesday to ban the distribution of plastic bags at supermarkets. The bill, authored by Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, was approved in a 41-27 vote.

Under the legislation, retailers will no longer be allowed to issue plastic bags. Paper bags with at least 40 percent post-consumer content, however, will still be available for a minimal fee -- at least 5 cents.

According to Heal the Bay, California municipalities spend roughly $25 million annually just to collect and dispose of plastic bag waste. Nineteen billion single-use plastic shopping bags are used each year in California and less than 5 percent of these bags are recycled.

The state senate is expected to vote on the bill later this summer.


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