Plastic bag manufacturers file second California measure

Oct 3, 2015 12:26 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Plastic bag manufacturers have filed a second ballot measure in California's fight over a statewide plastic bag ban.

The American Progressive Bag Alliance, which represents bag manufacturers, proposed an initiative Friday that would require bag fees go into an environmental fund rather than be kept by grocers.

California's first-in-the-nation ban on plastic shopping bags was put on hold this year when the trade group blocked the ban by placing the issue before voters on the November 2016 ballot.

If voters uphold the ban, grocers will be allowed to charge a fee of at least 10 cents for using paper bags.

Under the new initiative, voters will be asked to direct those fees, estimated at more than $400 million a year, from grocers into an environmental protection fund.


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