The California Assembly recently passed a bill that would give retailers three years to reduce their use of one-time shopping bags, both plastic and paper, by 70 percent. Beginning in 2011, shops that had not met and maintained the reduction requirement would then charge shoppers a quarter per bag.
Plastic bag litter is a serious problem that kills thousands of sea birds every year. Cleanup of plastic bags costs local governments millions, especially in areas affected by US EPA zero maximum daily water load limits for trash. This approach has reduced plastic bag consumption in Ireland by over 90%.
CAW and AB 2058:
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