San Jose may ban plastic bags

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Aug. 28, 2009 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The San Jose Community and Economic Development Committee approved a proposal this week to ban the use of plastic bags and paper bags with less than 50 percent recycled content in retail establishments. Those paper bags with 50 percent or more recycled content would be permitted for use, but would have up to a 25 cent fee attached to each bag.

The official ordinance is expected to go before the San Jose City Council in November for debate and a possible vote. Under the current proposal, the ban would take effect December 31, 2010.    

CMTA lobbied two similar bills in the Legislature earlier this year, holding them off at least until January.  Held on Suspense in June were AB 68 (Julia Brownley, D-Santa Monica) and AB 87 (Mike Davis, D-Los Angeles).  Both bills would have placed a 25 cent fee on single-use carryout bags.

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