SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): A new state legislation has been introduced with the aim of completely banning the use of plastic bags by grocery stores and other food outlets in California.
An extension to the state’s single-use plastic bags ban is essential to combat the rising menace of plastic pollution, said Sen. Catherine Blakespear, D-Encinitas, Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica and Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, D-Orinda.
Earlier in 2014, the state had passed SB 270, to ban use of thin plastic single-use plastic bags at outlets. However, it allowed consumers to purchase a thicker plastic or paper bag by paying 10 cents fee. Also, shoppers are being allowed to bring their own reusable bags. The SB 1053 and AB 2236 are expected to eliminate the use of plastic film bags, which are still available for purchase at checkout counters in most grocery stores.
As per provisions of the new bill, the stores will be allowed to provide only 100% recycled paper bags to its customers. A passage of the bill the legislature will see it head towards Gov. Gavin Newsom for final approval.
However, a few Senators opposed the bill saying that the state should address more critical issues such as soaring crime rates, housing crisis, failing educational system etc., before trying to add another item to the list of banned items.
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