SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways. A national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek a voter referendum to repeal the law, which is scheduled to take effect in July 2015.
Under SB270, plastic bags will be phased out of checkout counters at large grocery stores and supermarkets such as Wal-Mart and Target starting next summer, and convenience stores and pharmacies in 2016. The law does not apply to bags used for fruits, vegetables or meats, or to shopping bags used at other retailers. It allows grocers to charge a fee of at least 10 cents for using paper bags.
State Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, credits the momentum for statewide legislation to the more than 100 cities and counties, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, that already have such bans.
The law marks a major milestone for environmental activists who have successfully pushed plastic bag bans in cities across the U.S., including Chicago, Austin and Seattle. Hawaii is also on track to have a de-facto statewide ban, with all counties approving prohibitions.
“This bill is a step in the right direction — it reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks and even the vast ocean itself,” Brown said in a signing statement. “We’re the first to ban these bags, and we won’t be the last.”
What does this mean for Bag Scooper users???
While use of our custom “No Gagging, While Bagging” bag is NOT required and any grocery store bag will work just fine, those free grocery bags we have been using for our dog waste will no longer be readily available. Not to worry! This plastic bag ban does NOT apply to the Bag Scooper bags or any other pet waste bag.
What are your options when this plastic bag ban goes into full effect?
You can use single-use pet waste bags for your yard but you will go through a lot of bags (and back strain) since they are only good for one pick up. Your other, better plastic bag option is to use the Bag Scooper handled bag.
The Bag Scooper plastic bag is larger than the single-use pet waste bags and have long handles to keep your hands away from the waste. The Bag Scooper bags are smaller than the standard grocery bags and hold 8-15 pick ups and is 100% recyclable.
One bag that holds more, keeps your hands away from the waste, and you can scoop straight into the bag is the perfect answer to cleaning up the pet waste in your yard!
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