Plastic bag ban is flawed

05/25/2014 1:05 PM

05/22/2014 9:10 AM

Re "Ban single-use plastic bags; they need to go" (Editorial, May 18): SB 270 lacks environmental credentials, eliminates jobs and provides a political handout from Californians to the California Grocers Association.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, plastic bags are only 0.4 percent of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream, and litter studies show they typically comprise less than 1 percent of all litter.

These facts raise serious concerns regarding SB270's environmental benefits. The legislation also exempts thicker-gauge plastic and paper bags, which require more resources to produce and take longer to breakdown.

SB 270 would also cripple the state's plastic bag industry and threaten nearly 2,000 jobs. I know because Lynwood is home to a number of these workers. SB 270 is just a special interest grocer cash grab with no money dedicated to a public purpose.

Sacramento leaders need to focus on the critical issues facing real people not special interest bag schemes.

-- Mayor Aide Castro, Lynwood

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