Plastic bag ban legislation resurfaces

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Jan. 31, 2013 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Freshman Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) has re-introduced legislation seeking a statewide ban on the use of single-use plastic bags by grocery stores and large retailers. The new bill, AB 158, is comparable to previous legislation in that it seeks a statewide ban, but differs from its predecessors on provisions regarding paper bag fees and implementation. Specifically, AB 158 seeks to prohibit, as of January 2015, grocery stores with more than $2 million in annual sales or retailers with over 10,000 square feet of floor space from providing plastic bags to consumers. Retailers could provide both recyclable paper and reusable plastic bags until July 2016. After that, retailers would be required to only provide reusable plastic bags.

This prohibition and the requirements will also extend to convenience stores, food marts and other specified retailers effective July 2016.

Click here to see the full text of the bill: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_0151-0200/ab_158_bill_20130122_introduced.pdf.

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