Will California Ban Single-use Plastic Bags for Good? AB 1998, Brownley

Posted by — March 23, 2010 12:32 am

AB 1998 was introduced on February 18th 2010 in California by Julia Brownley, D-Santa Monica 41st Assembly District, in an effort to reduce consumption of single-use bags. “We have long passed the point of simply cutting our six-pack rings to save marine life. Photos abound of turtles eating plastic bags — cute until you learn they died — and autopsied birds stuffed like piñatas with bottle caps. I have introduced a new bill this year, AB1998, which would ban plastic bags and impose a fee on paper bags to wean Californians off their nasty bag habit. We’ve cut other nasty habits, we can cut this habit, too.” Brownley

You have to love her unsweetened attack on the “nasty” single-use bag habits we’ve developed. California is seen as a leader on many movements in sustainability – single-use bags shouldn’t be an exclusion. Choosing to use reusable bags is hardly an inconvenience! Urban litter already accounts for 80% of marine debris causing deaths to birds, marine turtles and other sensitive species that mistake them for for. Not to mention the toxins that enter our food chain! That should be considered an inconvenience! Learn the facts about marine debris

Major Points of the Bill

• On and after July 1, 2011, prohibit a store, as defined, from providing a plastic carryout bag to a customer.

• The bill would require a store to either make reusable bags available for purchase by the customer or provide a paper carryout bag that is subject to the green bag fee that would be imposed by the bill.

• Would require a store to charge a green bag fee of not less than $0.25 for each paper carryout bag distributed at the point of sale.

• The bill would establish the Paper Bag Pollution Cleanup Fund in the State Treasury and would require a store to remit these fees, less a specified amount, to the State Board of Equalization for deposit in that fund.

• The bill would require the department, on or before January 1, 2015, to submit to the Legislature a report regarding the effectiveness of the bill’s provisions and recommendations to further encourage the use of reusable bags.

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Californians Against Waste (CAW) Supports AB 1998 – you can too by sending a letter of support!

Click here to send a letter supporting AB 1998

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