(Paper or Plastic?)… The popular question heard at all super markets.
It may soon be a thing of the past. A bill to phase out the use of plastic bags has been re-worked. Senate Bill 405 had been submitted to the State Senate, but was rejected by 3 votes. The author of the bill, Senator Kevin De Leon, says he adjusted the bill, and it is now ready to be submitted again. This time there is a specific charge of at least 10 cents, for a reusable, paper or compostable bag. The original bill did not contain a specific amount to be charged. The re-worked bill also blunts the economic impact on the plastic bag industry and it encourages greater use of recycled material. If approved, plastic bags would be phased out by mid-year. If passed, California will become the first state in the US to ban plastic bags.