AB 2058 (Levine) would require California retailers to demonstrate a 70% plastic bag recycling level by 2011 if they wish to continue freely distributing bags.
If the 70% recycling level is not met, retailers would be required to charge a 25 cent per-bag fee. The law also grants local governments increased authority to charge additional fees.
In order to ensure that AB 2058 will not substitute one type of disposable bag with another, AB 2058 would require retailers to charge an equal fee on paper bags by 2011.
AB 2058 must get out of Assembly Appropriations before it can be voted on by the full Assembly.