• The average time of use of a disposable bag is 12 minutes, but they persist as pollution in the environment for decades. (4)
  • Even when properly disposed of, bags tend to blow out of trash cans, solid waste vehicles and landfills into streets, parks and waterways. (5)
  • California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery found that less than 3% of these single-use plastic bags are recycled in California. (6)
  • Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, but instead break into small pieces that can attract surrounding toxins to contaminate the environment and food chain. (7)
  • According to The Ocean Conservancy, single-use plastic bags are one of the most commonly found items at beach clean ups. The Ocean Conservancy recently deemed plastic bags as the #2 deadliest threat to sea turtles, birds, and marine mammals. (8)
  • San Jose found a 76% reduction in creek and river litter, a 59% drop in park and roadside plastic bag litter, and a 69% reduction in plastic bag litter in storm drains. (9)
  • Plastic bags eat up taxpayer dollars in cleanup costs. An NRDC study says local governments across the state spend $428 million each year to prevent litter in streets and storm drains. (10)
  • Using environmental impact assumptions from an industry funded study, SB 270 would result in estimated reductions of:

          -GHG emissions by over 166,000 tons

          -Solid waste by nearly 30 million tons

          -Fossil fuel use by over 62 million tons

          -Gross energy use by nearly 3.2 billion mega joules (11)

  • To date, four out-of-state plastic bag manufacturers have spent more than $7 million in an effort to block and repeal California’s effort to eliminate polluting plastic bags from our environment. (12)

4“Fighting the Tide of Plastic Bags in a World Awash with Waste" http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/07/13/eco.plasticbagwaste/index.html
5 Brendle Group. “Triple Bottom Line Evaluation: Plastic Bag Policy Options.” City of Fort Collins, October 2012, pg. 9.
6 http://calrecycle.ca.gov/plastics/atstore/AnnualRate/2009Rate.htm
7 C. Rochman, et al, Scientific Reports 3, Article number: 3263 (2013)
8 Ocean Conservancy, International Coastal Cleanup reports. http://www.oceanconservancy.org/; http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/marine-debris/threat-rank-report.html
9 http://www3.sanjoseca.gov/clerk/CommitteeAgenda/TE/20121203/TE20121203_d5.pdf
10 NRDC, The Annual Cost to CA Communities of Reducing Litter That Pollutes Our Waterways, August 2013, http://docs.nrdc.org/oceans/files/oce_13082701a.pdf
11 https://www.heartland.org/sites/default/files/threetypeofgrocerybags.pdf
12 http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/Campaign/Committees/Detail.aspx?id=1372902&view=late1&session=2015