Paper or plastic? You see the dilemma, some don't. The Plastic Bag Ban Bill, AB 1998, failed passage last week in the State Senate on a 14-21 vote. A ban that was designed to end the distribution of 19 billion plastic bags annually at retail outlets leaves us instead with a growing environmental problem that is extremely costly for local authorities, which are required to clean up plastic litter.
Whatever side of this issue you may be on, it's helpful to know the facts:
"Last year, more than 70,000 single-use plastic bags were found on California beaches by volunteers in one day," says Angela Howe, Surfrider Foundation.
Plastics have become the fastest growing segment of the U.S. municipal waste stream.
Plastic [especially plastic bags and bottles] is the most pervasive type of marine litter around the world, with 267 species of marine organisms worldwide known to have been affected by plastic debris.