California Brownley Bag Ban And What Will It Mean To You

Every year, Californians use an inordinate amount of plastic bags, averaging about 5,000 a person, which adds up to a colossal 19 billion. It costs about $25 million per annum for municipalities to dispose of them in landfills. These staggering figures may be due to the fact that only 5 % of the plastic bags are recycled.

The Brownley bag ban, named after Julia Brownley, a democrat from Santa Monica, is a debate about plastic bags vs. reusable bags. Assembly Bill 1998, a legislative battle in Sacramento, is about the single use of plastic bags.

Opponents of the bill, a coalition headed by American Chemistry Council, an association based in Virginia, have placed television ads to defend the use of plastic bags. However, Heal the Bay, an environmental group who have partially sponsored the bill, have exhibited a gargantuan blow-up turtle on the Capitol’s West Steps. This group contends that despite proactive public educational efforts, the Santa Monica bay is cluttered with over a million bags a year. These bags, along with other trash, are threatening aquatic life because marine animals swallow them, mistaking them for jelly fish.

If AB1998 passes, single-use plastic bags will be banned in liquor stores, small stores, pharmacies, and supermarkets to encourage consumers to consider reusable bags. The ban will effect the major retailers, like supermarkets and pharmacies, in 2012 and smaller stores, like convenience stores and liquor stores, in 2013.

Both plastic and non-plastic bags that are durable and reusable will be made in California, and manufacturers will benefit from grants and loans from state funds to keep the green jobs in California.

If shoppers cannot afford to buy the bags, stores will provide them free once recipients can prove that they are on welfare or are using food stamps.

AB1998 has the potential to save marine life, protect wildlife on land, clean up the quantity of trash despoiling land and water, and save the golden state millions of dollars each year.

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Tags: American Chemistry Council, Assembly Bill 1998, Brownley Bag Ban, California, Heal the Bay, marine life, Planet Earth Bag, Plastic Bags, protect wildlife, Reusable Bags, Sacramento, Santa Monica bay

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