Referendum on bag ban going to California voters – USA

Posted on March 3, 2015 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations

Referendum on bag ban going to California voters – News – Plastics News#email_sustain.

Ban supporters, however, said they are confident voters will uphold the ban by voting “yes” on the referendum in 2016.

“It’s not surprising that after spending more than $3.2 million, 98 percent of which is from out of state, the plastic bag industry has bought its way onto the California ballot to protect its profits,” said environmentalist Mark Murray, a long-time ban supporter and leader of Californians vs. Big Plastic, a coalition of local officials and environmental, labor, and business groups. “Every poll shows that Californians strongly support the law, and the $30 million to $50 million it will cost the plastics industry to launch a full-fledged campaign in 2016 will be proven to be an act of political malpractice, particularly since nearly half the state will no longer have plastic bags by election day.”

Nearly 140 counties and municipalities in California have enacted single-use bag bans or fees of their own. California was the first to pass a state-wide bag ban, though county-by-county measures in Hawaii have effectively created a state-wide ban there.