Statewide plastic bags ban likely dead for this term
While nearly 80 local governments have taken steps to ban single use plastic bags for supermarkets, efforts to pass a statewide ban mostly have failed this year.
The slow demise of single use plastic bags in California continued earlier this month when the Los Angeles City Council tentatively approved a new ban on the bags. If approved, Los Angeles would become the largest city to outlaw plastic bags.
In the California Legislature this term, lawmakers proposed three measures to ban plastic bags and force retailers to distribute reusable sacks, including a bill that would require fast food chains to use recyclable packaging for take out meals. Those bills have either been held up in commi timberland ttee or defeated on the floor of the legislature.
Two of the bills Senate Bill timberland 405 and Assembly Bill 158 would have phased out plastic bags at most grocery and c timberland onvenience stores, liquor shops and pharmacies, but ran into stiff resistance from the plastics industry. Lawmakers narrowly defeated SB 405 in a floor vote and placed the Assembly bill on hold. Both pieces of l timberland egislation could be reintroduced next January as a two year bill when lawmakers reconvene.
And then there’s Sen. Mark Leno’s legislation, Senate Bill 529, which would require fast food restaurants to use recyclable or compostable food packaging. The bill stalled in a Senate committee earlier this year but, like the plastic bag proposals, it could return in January, according to Leno’s office.