Trashed plans: California bag ban undermined by loophole in law that opened door for new plastic container

Trashed plans: California bag ban undermined by loophole in law that opened door for new plastic container


California’s law prohibiting single-use plastic bags has backfired in the state due to a loophole in the legislature permitting reusable bags that still contain large amounts of plastic. 

The 2014 bill, known as SB 270, was supposed to curb the state’s plastic consumption but instead dramatically increased it due to the law allowing reusable bags, which are made with HDPE, a thicker, heavier plastic than the makeup of the banned plastic bags, the Los Angeles Times reported. The year the law was approved, there was 157,385 tons of plastic bag waste, and in 2022, it had escalated by 47% with 231,072 tons of plastic bag waste, according to a report from CALPIRG, a public interest advocacy group. 

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