California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

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Plastic Safeway Grocery Bag

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California will phase out plastic bags from large grocery stores beginning in 2015 after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday that bans the bags statewide, the first state to take the step.

Beginning in 2016, convenience and liquor stores, and pharmacies will begin phasing out the bags as a way to have customers bring their own bags and to reduce litter.

Grocers supported the ban because it sets a statewide standard and allows them to charge 10 cents per bag instead of more than 100 local bans that are already in place, including in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Bag manufacturers said it will result in lost jobs in the state.



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