Bill Set to Ban Plastic Bags in Santa Monica
After California lawmakers rejected a bill that would have effectively ban plastic shopping bags, Santa Monica city officials announced that they would enact a similar citywide ban. Following in the footsteps of Malibu, San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Fairfax, Santa Monica also hopes to remove plastic shopping bags from the city.
On October 12, the Santa Monica City council plans to create a Green Fee for each paper bag distributed by supermarkets, liquor stores and pharmacies. A similar plan was already attempted in 2008 and plastic bag manufactures and related business demanded an environments impact report before the plan was enacted.
Julia Brownley, a Santa Monica assembly member, continues her protest and claims that only “five percent of single-use plastics bags are recycled.” With Santa Monica as one of the most progressive cities in the country, this ordinance will likely soon pass.