Monday, July 28, 2014

Plastic-bag ban a cash grab that hurts environment, consumers, workers: Guest commentary

But...the fact that grocery stores will be making mucho money from the sale of bags won't matter at all to those who think they know better.

So while the intent of SB 270 is a bit confusing, it doesn’t take long to connect the dots on this. The California Grocers Association, which previously opposed similar plastic bags bans, jumped on the bandwagon the second that Sen. Padilla decided to amend his bill, allowing them to keep all the fees that would be placed on the thicker plastic and paper bags. This is not surprising, especially after a recent study found that grocers could be in line for profits in the hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

Far from being a monumental environmental bill, SB 270 represents nothing more than a cash grab and a historic transfer of wealth from California consumers to corporate interests.

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