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California’s Proposed Plastic Bag Ban Rejected

The California lawmakers have spoken.  The state’s proposed plastic bag ban, which would have gone into effect in 2012 for large retailers and 2013 for smaller businesses, has been given a big thumbs down.  It is easy to see where both sides were coming from.  Supporters of the bill reported that Californians use 19 billion plastic bags a year and the bags were not only harming the environment, but that they also cost $25 million a year to collect and take to land fills.  At first hearing that, most of us probably think, “Duh, this seems so simple. Ban plastic bags, save the environment, save the state money. Everybody wins.”  However, it is important to understand the other side of this debate, because this is a complicated issue.

Opponents of the bill point out the fact that in these times of economic hardship, it is not fair to put the extra burden of having to pay for bags every time they went shopping.  Five cents doesn’t sound like a lot, but in a time when many are struggling just to keep food on the table, every penny counts.

Now that the bill has gone to lawmakers and been rejected, many cities and counties say that they will be taking the issue into their own hands and pursuing plastic bag bans similar to those already in effect in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Malibu.

Do you think lawmakers made the right choice in rejecting the plastic bag ban?  Let us know what you think! We love to hear from you! : )

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