Plastic bags could soon be a thing of the past in California if a statewide ban proposed today by local state legislators is passed.
Less than a month after the city of Los Angeles implemented its ban on single-use plastic grocery bags, Senators Kevin de Leon, Ricardo Lara and Alex Padilla were in Vernon Friday to discuss Senate Bill 270, which would ban plastic bags throughout the state by 2015 and implement a 10 cent fee for recycled paper, reusable plastic and compostable bags.
“The plastic bag ban is a win-win for the environment, for California manufacturing and for jobs,” said De Leon, who represents the 22nd District which includes parts of the city of Los Angeles, East Los Angeles and Vernon.
In addition to helping the planet, the senators said the ban would promote California jobs and manufacturing. They said SB 270 would include financial incentives for businesses affected by the ban to maintain and retrain employees.
The conference was held at Command Packaging, a plastic manufacturer and recycler in the industrial city of Vernon, where environmental and manufacturing representatives joined the senators.
“This legislation sets the stage for California consumers to transition toward affordable reusable bags made in California from post-consumer recycled plastic and away from disposable bags,” said Command Packaging CEO Pete Grande.
Large grocery store chains will be required to take back used bags for recycling. The bill would also increase the percent of recycled content required in reusable plastic bags to 20% in 2016 and 40% by 2020.
“This compromise will bridge the gap and help move the economy forward into a green future,” said De Leon.