AB 298 - CA Plastic Bag Ban

Loss | August 31 2012

UPDATE: AB 298 fails to pass, more info on the Coastal Blog. The California State Legislature is considering a bill that would ban plastic checkout bags at supermarkets, retail pharmacies and convenience stores statewide starting in 2014. Assembly Bill 298 would also require those retailers to provide reusable bags for sale and charge a fee for recycled paper bags as an incentive for customers to remember their reusable bags. California could be the first in the nation to pass a statewide plastic bag ban but it won't happen without your support!

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Bill Hickman and Angela Howe

Plastic bags are made from non-renewable resources such as natural gas and oil.  Plastic bags do not biodegrade in our lifetimes and can impact wildlife when littered - in addition being an eyesore, costing taxpayer dollars to pick up, potentially clogging drains and possibly creating mosquito breeding grounds in warmer months.  While plastic bags are recyclable, recent reports show a dismal 5% recycling rate from the 115 billion bags used nationwide.  Click here for more specifics on AB 298.

Plastic bags fly around landfills at an increased cost to ratepayers. (Santa Barbara County)

Contaminated plastic bags wait for a buyer in San Luis Obispo County.

Plastic bags litter beaches up and down the state, such as Surfer's Point in Ventura.

Litter from streets and sidewalks can easliy make it to the ocean - including plastic bags.