California Considers Statewide Ban on Single-Use Bags

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

July 9, 2012

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California Considers Statewide Ban on Single-Use Bags

California is considering a statewide ban on single-use carryout plastic bags.

Assembly Bill 298 would prohibit stores from distributing single-use carryout bags, while allowing consumer purchases of certain types of bags, according to a news release from Californians Against Waste, a co-sponsor of the legislation.

The bill was passed by the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, and it’s now on second-reading status before the state senate.

Introduced by Assembly Member Julia Brownley, the bill also would require stores to provide plastic bag recycling collection bins and create a reusable bag certification program.

Bags that could be available for sale would include resusable bags, paper bags and compostable bags, in some jurisdictions.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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