Wednesday, August 6, 2008


AB 2058 put in Senate Appropriations Suspense File

AB 2058, a bill that would prohibit a store from providing plastic carryout bags to customers unless the store (1) demonstrates an increased diversion rate of 70 percent in the total number of plastic carryout or (2) charges the customer at least 25 cents per plastic bag, was placed on suspense in the Senate Appropriations committee on Monday, August 4th. Meanwhile, the American Chemistry Council, who represents the plastics industry, and bag manufacturers are funding a campaign in opposition to AB 2058. They have pruchased radio spots on stations throughout California. Now is the time to ask your Senator to take this bill out of the suspense file and vote on this important anti-plastic debris legislation:

AB 2058 would specify that revenues from the plastic bag fee would be used by the store for plastic carryout bag recycling, cleanup, and waste reduction programs, and 3 percent of the monies would be deposited into the Integrated Waste Management Account for use by the Integrated Waste Management Board (IWMB) for the administration and enforcement of the provisions of this law.

For more information on the bill, click here.


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