California First State To Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a ban on single-use plastic bags.

Paper bags and reusable plastic bags will be available at checkout counters for a 10-cent fee intended to prod shoppers to remember their own reusable bags. The measure is intended to reduce the number of plastic bags that clog rivers, snag on trees and take up space in landfills. The law is to take effect in July, but a coalition of bag makers has vowed to try to overturn it.

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,” Mr. Brown said in a written statement to announce the bill’s signing. “We’re the first to ban these bags, and we won’t be the last.”

For now, Rhode Islanders must remember — never put these bags in recycling bins. Never ever. They have to go back to a store. Sarah Kite-Reeves, director of recycling services at Rhode Island Resource Recovery, ran a comprehensive tutorial on this just last week. (ProJo 9.27.14)

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