California bill would ban all plastic shopping bags at grocery stores

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would ban all plastic shopping bags in 2026 under a new bill announced Thursday in the state Legislature.

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California already bans thin plastic shopping bags at grocery stores and other shops, but shoppers at checkout can purchase bags made with a thicker plastic that purportedly makes them reusable and recyclable.

Democratic state Sen. Catherine Blakespear said people are not reusing or recycling those bags. She points to a state study that found the amount of plastic shopping bags trashed per person grew from 8 pounds per year in 2004 to 11 pounds per year in 2021.

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“It shows that the plastic bag ban that we passed in this state in 2014 did not reduce the overall use of plastic. It actually resulted in a substantial increase in plastic,” Blakespear, a Democrat from Encinitas, said Thursday. “We are literally choking our planet with plastic waste.”

Twelve states, including California, already have some type of statewide plastic bag ban in place, according to the environmental advocacy group Environment America Research & Policy Center. Hundreds of cities across 28 states also have their own plastic bag bans in place.

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  1. Otis R. Needleman says

    LOL No problem here, do nearly all my shopping on base. That law, just like the law prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco products, doesn’t apply on Federal property. Our area charges for plastic bags, but on base get all the bags you need free of charge. Flavored tobacco products readily available on base.

  2. And then use what, to carry products purchased?

    Paper bags? They are made by murdering trees.
    Cloth bags? Manufacturing increases carbon gas.
    Our own shopping carts? Yeah … that’ll work.

  3. No surprise here that THICKER plastic bags create more waste. I have been saying this since 2014.

  4. California legislators must lay awake all night thinking of new ways to to appear relevant.

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