Californians confirm ban on single-use plastic bags

November 10, 2016 | Environment
Plastic bags: banned from California's supermarkets

The citizens of California have decided to keep the ban on single-use plastic shopping bags in the state.

The results of the referendum vote held on the 8th November reveal that the majority of Californians - 52 percent - want to move towards a future without plastics in their daily lives. Californians throw away 14 billion plastic bags every year.

Despite the attempts from the plastic bag industry to overturn the ban, Proposition 67 was approved, and the 2014 law that puts an end to thin plastic bags in large grocery stores and supermarkets will continue valid.

Plastic bags are made from petroleum and take centuries to biodegrade. Plastics are the number one threat to marine life, right now. The refuse to overturn the plastic bag ban is a clear sign of what the future reserves.

However, environmentalists believe that the delay in the law's enforcement allowed the introduction in the market of 20 billion plastic bags worth $160 million.

Yes on 67, a coalition of environmental groups, businesses, and citizens that support protecting California's pioneering plastic bag ban says that the result of the referendum protects wildlife and oceans, reduces clean-up costs, and is good for small businesses and consumers.

The winners of the referendum underline that the plastic bag lobby - the American Progressive Bag Alliance - is only worried about making money.

"Four big, out-of-state plastic bag corporations from South Carolina, Texas, and New Jersey. They have spent $6 million in a deceptive campaign against Prop 67, and they don't even have production sites in California and therefore don't employ any Californians," notes Yes on 67.

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