California senate rejects plastic bag ban

01 September 2010 20:03  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The California senate voted down a bill that would have banned plastic single-use carryout bags, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) said on Wednesday.

The bill was strongly opposed by plastics manufacturers, who claimed it would damage recycling efforts, cost manufacturing jobs and increase costs to consumers.

Supporters of the bill included the California Grocers Association (CGA) and state governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Grocers supported the bill in part because it would create a uniform, state-wide regulation rather than a mixture of local laws.

“Eliminating plastic bags isn’t a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’,” said Dave Heylen, vice president of communications for CGA, during the run up to the vote.

Already, more than 70 cities are considering their own bans, Heylen said.

Responding to the senate vote, ACC spokesman Tim Shestek said, "Plastic bag makers look forward to working with grocers, legislators and environmental groups to develop workable, effective legislation that enables consumer choice, promotes recycling education and encourages a healthy environment and economy."

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