Headline: The ban of plastic bags
By Maria Castro /SAN8
Recently Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill to ban one-time use plastic shopping bags in California, under SB270. The law goes into effect for large chains like Walmart and Target on July1, 2015 and for convenience stores and liquor stores on July 1, 2016.
The purpose of this new law is to save the planet. The 13 million plastic bags that are being handed out are ending up in waterways, landfills, and the ocean, and are being mistaken for food and consumed by animals, which is leading to their death. “They [bags] don’t decompose, they don’t go away. Were still dealing with the bags that were generated in the 1980’s when the plastic bag first came into California.” according to Mark Murray who was interviewed by CNN.
The only downfall of this new law is that now you either have to purchase brown paper bags for 10 cents or bring your own bags. The purpose is to encourage people to bring their own bags to reduce litter. The ban does not apply to fruits, vegetables or meats.
Recently Walmart in Palm Springs has already eliminated the plastic bags and are now selling the brown paper bags. When asking a costumer what she thought about this ban she said, “I think it’s a genius idea and I don’t know why it took this long for it to be a law, plastic does not decompose so where are these bags ending up? In places where they shouldn’t and being eaten by animals. This is a reason why some species are going extinct.” z. The only thing she said she didn’t agree with is having to buy the 10 cent bags. California is the first to ban the plastic bags, but won’t be the last.