May 9 - Press Conference in the Works for Plastic Bag Reduction Bill, AB 2058

Preliminary Release:

AB 2058 (Plastic Bags) Press Conference

Where: Santa Monica (Specific location TBA)

When: Saturday May 17, 11 AM

More About AB 2058:

-Author: Assembly Member Lloyd Levine (LA), Coauthors: Assembly Members Mike Davis (LA) and Julia Brownley (LA)

-Co-sponsored by Californians Against Waste and LA County

-Also supported by: City and County of San Francisco Department of the Environment, East Bay Municipal Utilities District, Heal the Bay, Marin County Board of Supervisors, Northern California Recycling Association, Sonoma County Waste Management Agency

-Would enact toughest restrictions on single-use bags in country

-Would require retailers to recycle 7 out of every 10 bags handed out by 2011

-If benchmarks are not met, they would be required to charge a 25 cent per-bag fee

-In order to ensure that consumers will switch to reusables and not paper, retailers would be required to charge an equal fee on paper

-Gives local governments the ability to charge their own fees starting 2009 (they are currently prohibited by state law)

-More details: http://www.cawrecycles.org/issues/current_legislation/ab2058_08

In attendance: Assembly Members Levine and Davis; environmentalists, possibly local government staff

Contact Information: Bryan Early, Californians Against Waste, 916-443-5422, bryanearly@cawrecycles.org