Proponents argue that massive volumes of discarded bags clog rivers and landfills, saddling California with hefty cleanup costs. They point to the scores of counties and cities that have already enacted bag bans as evidence that the policy can be effective and enjoys popular support.I had no idea how lucrative it was for the grocers.
“We live in a throwaway society. We live a lifestyle that is ultimately non-sustainable,” said Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward. “What this bill does is to make an effort to do one little thing – get people to use reusable bags.”
But critics warned that the measure would cost jobs. They continued to lambaste the 10-cent fee, saying it would line the pockets of grocers and retailers.
“It is a tax increase we impose to benefit local businesses,” said Assemblyman Don Wagner, R-Irvine. “It makes absolutely no sense as tax policy, it makes no sense as a jobs policy.”
The measure now moves to the Senate, where it has yet to be tested with a floor vote.
Also, where are those photos of plastic bag clogged rivers? Where are the photos of mountains and mountains of plastic grocery bags in landfills?