california becomes first u.s. state to ban plastic grocery bags

by:Chengbai     2020-06-27
Alan Mendelssohn of San Francisco (Reuters)-Single-
Using plastic bags will disappear from the California grocery store in the next two yearsin-the-
Despite opposition from bag makers, Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed national law on Tuesday.
The law will prohibit grocery stores from distributing this bag with what customers buy and provide funds to local plastic bag companies to re-manufacture heavier, multiple bags
Use bags that customers can buy.
\"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 statement . \".
\"We are the first to ban these bags and we will not be the last.
\"California and some other cities and counties in the United States. S.
States, including Maui County, Hawaii, have made it illegal for grocery stores to pack goods in plastic.
But at the state level, objections from plastic bag manufacturers usually prevail.
Environmental activists have pushed for a ban on plastic bags, which are cheaper than paper bags, but produce a lot of garbage that is difficult to recycle.
In California, there is a particular concern that when bags are rushed into the sea, they can cause damage to marine life.
Under the new law, grocery stores and pharmacies must stop providing a single
Plastic bags will be used by July 2015, while convenience stores and liquor stores will have an additional year to phase out plastic bags.
Cathy Brown, general manager of a manufacturer like Crown Poly in Huntington Park, California, said the law would have a \"very negative\" impact on plastic bag manufacturers and could lead to layoffs.
\"We are obviously disappointed that it has been signed into law because consumers will pay for what is already included in the cost of the goods.
The profits of grocers will reach 100%, \"she said.
According to estimates from California\'s anti-waste organization and advocacy groups that support the law, California uses more than 10 billion plastic bags a year.
California\'s bill stalled in the State Council in August, but after receiving support from the US Food and business workers union, it got votes to enter Brown\'s desk.
The legislature failed to take similar measures last year. (
Cynthia Johnston and editor Mohammed zahham)
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