The ordinance will ban stores from distributing single-use plastic bags, while requiring a minimum 10-cent fee on paper bags. The ban would take effect on Jan. 1, 2016.
In addition to the ban of plastic bags, paper bags will cost 10 cents each, thanks to a deal lawmakers cut with grocers. Plastic bag manufacturers will also get $2 million to help them come up with a plan to make a heavier duty bag grocers can sell to customers.
The statewide ban would take effect next year as environmental lobbyists beat out opponents who warned the bag ban could cost jobs. A similar law has been in place in Davis since July, and most shoppers in the city don’t seem to mind.
The bill by Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles prohibits stores from carrying the bags as a way to encourage reusable ones. It follows about 100 cities and counties that previously banned plastic bags to fight litter.