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Success! California’s first-in-the-nation plastic bag ban works
Written by Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards   

11/13/17

 

Preliminary results are in on California’s grand experiment to reduce plastic bag litter along its majestic coastline and streams.

 

Take a bow, California voters. It’s working.

 

The early litter data from the Coastal Clean-up Day, held annually in September, shows that plastic bag litter had dropped by 72 percent when compared to 2010. Plastic bags now account for less than 1.5 percent of all litter, compared to nearly 10 percent in 2010.

 

In Alameda County, officials reported finding 433 plastic bags, compared to 4,357 in 2010. 

 

Monterey County reported even better news, with volunteers discovering only 43 plastic bags while performing their clean-up efforts, compared to 2,494 in 2010.

 

California is proving that its plastic bag ban stops litter from polluting our waterways and filling up our landfills, demonstrating again the state’s leadership role on environmental issues.

 

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