California Senator Calderon Introduces State-Wide Bill to Prohibit Local Governments from Enacting Plastic Bag Bans

Posted by — March 7, 2011 8:46 am

Introduced by Senator Calderon “A friend to Bag Monsters in California”
February 18, 2011

Existing law requires an operator of a store, as defined, to establish
an at-store recycling program that provides to customers the opportunity
to return clean plastic carryout bags to that store. This requirement is
repealed on January 1, 2013. Existing law prohibits a city, county, or
other local public agency from taking specified regulatory actions with
regard to the recycling of plastic carryout bags.
This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact
subsequent legislation to require a reduction in plastic bag use, establish
a mandatory level of recycled content in plastic bags according to a
specified schedule, increase funding for recycling education, establish
incentives for consumers to return or recycle plastic bags, suspend local
plastic bag ordinances, and prohibit local governments from taking
certain actions regarding plastic bags.


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