Plastic bag recycling bill passes California State Assembly

Yesterday, the California State Assembly approved a measure requiring grocery stores and supermarkets to provide for the recycling of plastic shopping bags. The bill now faces a vote in the Senate. If enacted, the legislation would require merchants to accept used grocery bags from customers for recycling and to sell reusable shopping bags as an alternative to disposable bags. Plastic bag manufacturers would be required to include print on bags informing customers of the store recycling service and to work with stores and recyclers to ensure proper collection, transportation and recycling of the bags.