June 24 - Plastic Bag Ban to be Voted on Monday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT: Linda Rapattoni, 916-319-2041

Office of Assemblymember Julia Brownley

June 22, 2010

Single-Use Bag Ban Bill Faces Vote in

Senate Environmental Quality Committee

SACRAMENTO-A measure by Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, D-Santa Monica, to ban single-use, carryout bags at grocery, drug, liquor and convenience stores will be heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on Monday, June 28.

AB 1998 encourages shoppers to switch to reusable bags because plastic bag trash pollutes oceans and waterways, injures and kills marine life, and costs California about $25 million a year to collect and send to landfills. When consumers forget their reusable bags, AB 1998 permits the sale of recyclable paper bags at a reasonable cost of not less than 5 cents.

WHO: Assemblywoman Julia Brownley

WHAT: Presents AB 1998 to Senate Environmental Quality Committee

WHEN: Monday, June 28, 2010

11 A.M.

WHERE: State Capitol Room 112

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