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.