California Becomes the 1st State to Ban Plastic Bags

Gov. Jerry Brown has officially signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores.

Plastic Bag ban in CaliforniaThe law does not apply to bags used for fruits, vegetables or meats, or to shopping bags used at other retailers. It allows grocers to charge a fee of at least 10 cents for using paper bags.

Jerry Brown“This bill is a step in the right direction — it reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks and even the vast ocean itself,” Brown said in a signing statement. “We’re the first to ban these bags, and we won’t be the last.”

Cons:

“If this law were allowed to go into effect, it would 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,” Lee Califf, executive director of the manufacturer trade group, said in a statement.

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Check out the official Senate Bill: 

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