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STATEWIDE PLASTIC BAG BAN BREEZES THROUGH KEY SENATE COMMITTEE

Next Potential Snag is Senate Appropriations
For Immediate Release

 The following Senators voted yes to ban plastic bags- Simitian, Hancock, Kehoe, and Pavley and the following voted no- Strickland and Blakeslee

“Nothing we use for 5 minutes should end up polluting our environment for hundreds of years,” said Dan Jacobson, Legislative Director for Environment California. “This bill will reduce ocean pollution by reducing the amount of plastic that is ending up in our ocean.”

For the past two years cities and counties around California have voted to ban single use plastic bags. To date 49 cities are covered by plastic bag bans.  For the latest list of bag bans click here http://www.cawrecycles.org/issues/plastic_campaign/plastic_bags/local

“Right now about 28% of the state’s population is living in plastic bag free communities”, said Jacobson. “We need a consistent policy that covers the whole state.”

Californians throw away 123,000 tons of plastic bags each year, and too many of them end up as litter in our ocean. Today, there are 100 million tons of trash in the North Pacific Gyre; in some parts of the Pacific, plastic outweighs plankton 6 to 1.

For more information visit: www.environmentcalifornia.org

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*there is still time for Senator Lowenthal to add his name to the “yes” votes.