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The Oceans campaign has been at it again gathering petitions to ban plastic bags. With a ban imminent for Davis, they have stepped up to the statewide level. Legislation to ban plastic bag statewide is expected be introduced this month. More than 4,400 people at UC Davis, mostly students, signed on to support a local ordinance prohibiting the distribution of single-use plastic bags at large retailers. Under the proposed plan, paper bags would be given for a ten cent fee. CALPIRG is working to get support for a similar measure statewide. More than 2,000 additional petitions have already been signed at UC Davis for a ban in California.
Plastic Bag Bans in the News
San Luis Obispo County has adopted a ban on plastic bags for most retail use by October, with a 10 cent fee for paper bags. It is a coastal area wrought with plastic pollution that can be directly traced to bags.
Alameda County has banned plastic bags in most stores starting next year. It also includes a 10 cent fee on paper bags. However, it does not apply to retail stores or restaurants. Berkeley has proposed a more comprehensive local ban that would include retailers. CALPIRG has been active in support of both measures.
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