Last month, I wrote about California’s plastic bag ban bill (AB 1998), and Fake Plastic Fish reader Old Novice commented that she thought bag bans were a bad idea and would instead favor a bag fee or tax instead. Well, the bill passed the full Assembly as well as the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, and it has now to pass another committee and then the full Senate. I’m in favor of the bill because it’s what we have. I think we need to do something about plastic bags, and I’d rather see a bag ban pass than nothing at all. But is a ban better than a fee? Let’s talk about that.
The Problems with Plastic Bags
According to the Plastic Pollution Coalition:
•Roughly 19 billion plastic bags are distributed in California annually.
•Less than 5% are currently recycled.
•Even when bags are properly disposed, they often blow out of trash cans, garbage trucks, and landfills and become litter.
•Most California retailers… Read the rest