california endangered species: plastic bags
On a recent rainy day, Esha Moya found herself standing outside a grocery store in southern Los Angeles, half of her
More than a dozen paper bags scattered in the rain, hoping she had some small items that were free and rich throughout her life, but are now banned in the city: plastic shopping bags.
\"I hate this . \"
Moya is a telemarketer and mother of two children.
She said she had started storing plastic bags at home because the paper bags were \"always bad \".
\"It\'s stupid. it\'s hard for us.
\"The partner of half the shoppers --
Plastic bags have been under siege in California since this century, and more policymakers see them as a symbol of environmental waste.
Since 2007, nearly 100 cities in the state, including Los Angeles, have banned the use of plastic shopping bags, which became the nation\'s largest city earlier this year to enforce such bans.
Paper bags are biodegradable and easier to recycle, usually at a small cost.
Now lawmakers in Sacramento are trying to make California the first state to approve a full ban on the most common consumer product.
\"The public is becoming more and more aware of the single environmental damage
The use of plastic bags has been harvested, \"said state Senator Alex Padila, who supports statewide ban legislation.
\"This is the beginning of the gradual elimination of single people --
Use plastic bagsperiod. ”Mr.
Padila\'s measures will ban bags in supermarkets, liquor stores and other places that have long existed.
Paper bags and stronger, reusable plastic bags cost 10 cents in order to force shoppers to remember their canvas bags.
The case against plastic shopping bags is simple, and more than 150 communities across the country accept some sort of counter-
Bag method, more and more familiar.
Plastic bags can be used once or twice, but can be used for a thousand years.
Only a small portion of the bags were recycled, largely because they blocked the sorter at the recycling plant and therefore had to be separated from other plastics.
Many bags end up stuck in trees, stuck in rain pipes, or piled up areas.
In just a few years, the local ban on plastic bags spread from San Francisco to Honolulu to the north bank of Massachusetts. Washington, D. C.
Five have been implemented.
Cents, New York City has repeatedly considered charging for luggage, most recently last year, when the proposal died at the end of the city\'s legislative session.
Bill de Blasio, the new mayor, expressed support for the ban on plastic bags.
Many consumers are angry that they have to pay for the necessities that have been free.
\"We are already struggling . \"
Moya said that while she was waiting for a taxi in the rain, she was carrying a broken paper bag of 10 cents per bag.
\"The groceries cost enough money.
So I have to pay for the bag?
\"The Plastic industry has been trying to overcome this setback.
So far, this industry
Behind the millions spent by lobbying lawmakers
Has managed to repel efforts to pass a statewide ban in California and some other states.
Hilex Poly, one of the largest plastic bag manufacturers in the country, single
In 2010, he spent $1 million traveling against California\'s ban on plastic products.
The bill failed, as did another attempt in 2013.
Hilex Poly based in Hartsville, United States of AmericaC.
He made political contributions to every Democrat in the California Senate who, along with Republicans, voted against last year\'s bill.
Mark Daniels, vice president of Hilex Poly, said the ban would cost the state up to 2,000 jobs.
\"It will cost millions of dollars in California . \"
Daniels talked about the current legislation.
\"They will have to buy millions of so-called reusable bags from China.
But support from California\'s legislature has been growing steadily.
The Los Angeles Times approved a statewide ban last week, and several senators who voted against it last year also supported the ban this year.
Some environmental activists say they now believe they have the incentive to push the ban nationwide, starting in California.
\"It\'s very effective and very cost-effective --
Effective, \"said Kerrie Romanow, director of Environmental Services in San Jose, California.
Since the San Jose ban came into effect on 2012, plastic-
Bags of garbage in rainwater pipes that can cause flooding have been reduced by 89%.
In the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County, large retail stores reported a decline in the use of paper bags since a similar ban, plus 10-
The paper bag fee has come into effect.
\"People adapt very quickly . \"Romanow said.
\"The day is over when a candy stick has its own plastic bag.
Abbi Waxman, a television writer in Los Angeles, says she has been trying to get rid of plastic bags for years.
But despite a glance at the grocery cashier, she rarely remembers bringing her bag. Then the 10-
The penny was kicked in.
\"Once they start charging me, this is the turning point I really remember to bring my luggage,\" she said . \"
43-year-old of Waxman standing half
There were a dozen reusable bags on a recent shopping trip.
She said: \"I\'m joking, there are about 40 reusable bags at home because I feel very guilty when I don\'t have them coming, and I buy more each time . \"Mr.
Daniel of Hilex Poly said plastic bags were unfairly used as scapegoat for various environmental problems.
Thin plastic bags can be reused, he said: they are re-used as lunch bags and bin liners to facilitate pet cleaning.
But other plastic manufacturers have begun to accept changes in their industry.
\"The industry will be destroyed if it is unwilling to develop and change,\" said Pete Grande, president of Vernon Command Packaging, California.
Start producing more weight-
Reusable bags made of recycled agricultural plastic. Last year, Mr.
Grande\'s bill against the ban on singles
Use plastic bags in California.
The same is true of two Democrats in the State Senate representing Vernon.
This year, they all supported the bill, which allows stores to offer more durable plastic bags at checkout and charge together with paper plastic bags.
\"We have lived without being single for thousands of years --
Use plastic bags . \"
Padila, the sponsor of the bill.
\"I think we will have a good time without them.