Jan 1, 2015 5:34 PM by Brian Johnson
Chico is one of a dozen California cities with plastic bag bans that became effective today.
The ban here affects so-called full-line, self-service grocery stores with annual sales of $2 million and stores with more than 10,000 square-feet of retail space.
Places like Safeway, Target, and BevMo will be among the stores that have to follow the new rules.
We spoke with customers in the Target and BevMo parking lot today to find out how smooth the changeover was.
"It's change that's going to better everyone and we all need to adapt to change that's going to better our environment and future generations," Chico shopper Shelly Spratt said.
"We spend hundreds of dollars on grocery shopping, and then we have to pay for each bag we use," Chico shopper Jessica Villicana said. "I met a customer in there who's on a bike and she said that she can't carry the paper bags while she's riding the bike. I just don't think it's fair to a lot of us."
By January 1st of next year, smaller convenience stores will also fall under the ban.
Statewide, a plastic bag ban is slated to be rolled out in July.
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