Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, says it’s time for California to adopt a statewide ban on plastic bags similar to ones already in place in several Bay Area cities. He is confident that he can persuade his colleagues in Sacramento to support the nation’s first statewide ban of disposable plastic shopping bags.
Newly elected Levine said that a ban is necessary because the bags are not recyclable, they were being sent to landfills where they can take up to 1,000 years to break down.
Similar legislation to force a ban on plastic bags failed two years ago, but Mr. Levine has reintroduced it. He said that it is too important an issue to see the proposal for a ban to be stopped in its tracks, after one failed legislative attempt at the State Capitol.
“The problem with the use of these bags is that they pollute our beaches, clog our creeks, and kill marine life.
“In fact plastic bags account for roughly 10% of the debris that washes up on our beaches,” Levine said.