Plastic bag recycling bill passes
California State Assembly
Sacramento, CA— Legislation aimed at
reducing plastic bag litter and waste passed the California
State Assembly in May.
Assembly Bill 2449, by Assembly member Lloyd
Levine (D-Van Nuys), requires grocery stores and supermarkets
to take back plastic bags for recycling, and provide consumers
with a bag reuse opportunity.
“Californians use over 19 billion plastic
grocery and merchandise bags a year, creating 147,038 tons of
unnecessary waste,” Levine said. “That’s enough
plastic waste to circle the planet over 250 times per year.”
Mark Murray, executive director of Californians
Against Waste, sponsor of the legislation, said “As for
recycling, the efforts so far have been minimal and ineffectual.
Despite a number of grocery stores with collection areas for
bags, the recycling rate in the year 2000 was only one percent.”
Plastic bags proliferate in the environment.
Easily caught in California breezes, they get snagged in trees,
they clog storm drains, and they litter our roads, rivers and
beaches. Local governments spend millions of dollars every year
in an effort to clean them up.
California would be just the second state
to pass this type of ‘retailer responsibility’ legislation,
following Rhode Island. AB 2449 will now go to the State Senate.
For information on this recycling policy,