NEWSFLASH: California Bag Ban

19 Jun Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments
NEWSFLASH: California Bag Ban
 

West Hollywood adds itself to the list of Californian communities, including San Francisco; Pasadena; Santa Monica and Long Beach, putting a ban on single-use plastic bags. Although the ban was approved last year, it was only recently put into effect on all retailers occupying a space 10,000 square feet or larger; smaller retailers have until late August to begin complying with the new ordinance placed over all merchants from grocery and drug stores to clothing stores to newsstands.

Instead of plastic, retailers are allowed to offer and distribute paper bags to those who don’t bring their own reusable totes. However, each bag is required to be sold for 10 cents each and the paper bags that are used must be made up of at least 40% post-consumer recycled content. The only exemptions this law offers are provided to dry cleaners, restaurants and farmers markets.

With Los Angeles approving the same ban in May of 2012, they too have started a gradual phase-out but, officials say that up to 19 billion single-use plastic bags are still used in California each year. California government agencies estimate an annual cost of $300 million in the pick up and disposal of litter, including plastic bags.