August 11, 2008

Plastic bag fuss on West Coast

A lot of plastic news happening in the West Coast particularly in Seattle and Los Angeles that I did not have the time to talk about last week.

According to several news sources, the city council of Los Angeles, California, voted a resolution on July 22 to ban all plastic bags from retail stores starting July 1, 2010 if the state of California fails to impose a pending bill (AB 2058) that would force retailers to charge shoppers 25 cents for each plastic bag provided by supermarkets and large retail stores.

The LA Times reported that the ban was proposed by Councilman Ed Reyes, who called plastic bags "the graffiti of the L.A. River," which passes through his district.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) released a statement a day after the news came out and clarified that the council vote was not an actual ban but instead a recommendation

The coalition, meanwhile, sued the LA county board when it adopted in January 2008 a phased program to ban plastic bags. The lawsuit was filed on July 17. Last week, the coalition also testified before the California Senate Appropriations Committee in opposition to Assembly Bill 2058.

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