Sacramento Approves Ban on Plastic Bags at Stores

Apr 1, 2015 9:45 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Sacramento has become the latest city in California to approve a ban on plastic bags at supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores.

The Sacramento Bee reports Wednesday that the City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved the ban starting Jan. 1.

About one third of California cities already have such a ban in place. Stores will no longer offer customers plastic bags.

Instead, shoppers will be given the option of recycled paper bags or reusable bags that stores will sell.

A representative from the American Progressive Bag Alliance, which represents the plastic bag industry, has spoken out against the ban.

Last fall, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to pull plastic bags out of checkout counters at large stores next year.

A referendum to repeal the statewide plastic-bag ban has qualified for November 2016 ballot.


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