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San Jose Bans Plastic Bags!

San Jose Bans Plastic Bags!

Justice has been served to a wildlife killer and polluter in California’s Bay Area.

San Jose has banned plastic bags with an ordinance that passed on Tuesday. San Jose, now the largest city in the U.S. with this enforcement, will bring the ban to effect on January 1, 2012. Retailers will no longer be able to offer plastic bags to consumers and will be obligated to charge 10 cents for paper bags.

About one million plastic bags end up in the Bay Area and harm birds, fish and other animals, and damage wetland habitats. “This is a great step,” said Councilman Sam Liccaro to a San Jose Mercury news reporter. “It’s an opportunity to lead on an important environmental issue.”

Retailers will still be allowed to supply plastic bags for produce, meat, or bulk foods. It also does not affect the sale of sandwich or trash bags.

The ban does not apply to restaurants and nonprofit secondhand stores like Salvation Army.

Similar measures have been approved in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Oakland, Malibu and Los Angeles County.

Win Reusable Bags!

Related Links:
Plastic Bags: They Just Don’t Make Sense
Cut Plastic Out of Your Life
6 Ways to Make Reusable Bags Even Greener

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Megan Zehnder

Megan is an editor and producer for Care2's Healthy Living. Her main priorities are to live simply and build meaningful relationships with the people in her life. She loves to write and talk about environmental issues, healthy living, and women's rights. Beyond that, her interests change daily, but eating and cooking vegetarian food is always a favorite.


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1:56AM PDT on May 10, 2013


4:52AM PDT on May 8, 2013


Plastic bags are being banned in so many stores now. It is a positive sign for wildlife and the environment.

5:04AM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

Good for them! They should start using reusable cloth bags.

1:22AM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

They are only UGLY sight flying around on the freeway...Happy to see so many people here in So. California bringing in their canvas bags when they shop! Ban those dang bags all over PERIOD I say!

4:54PM PST on Mar 7, 2013


6:36AM PST on Jan 24, 2013


1:26PM PST on Dec 17, 2012

Well done, San Jose.

Everyone else, please take note.

4:07PM PST on Nov 26, 2012

Good on them!

1:56AM PST on Nov 17, 2012


5:10PM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

Yea!!! Now lets make it nationwide..........

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