This year, California became the first state in the nation to ban single-use plastic carry out grocery bags. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the groundbreaking law that had support from a vast coalition of supporters including local governments, business groups, workers unions, retailers, environmental organizations and more.
More than one-third of Californians now live in a community with no single-use plastic grocery bags. In California, 147 cities and counties have joined those across the world banning plastic shopping bags, reducing litter and ushering in a new culture of reusable carryout bags.
Non-biodegradable, plastic bags persist in the environment for decades, while their useful life is typically measured in minutes. Plastic bags pollute our waterways and beaches, litter our neighborhoods and parks, and gravely threaten wildlife. Learn more.
California cities and counties spend an estimated $428 million annually to clean up litter and prevent marine pollution. Plastics bags contribute $34 million to $107 million to these costs, based on litter data in San Jose and LA County. Report
Plastic bag alternatives are less environmentally friendly.
Bans have been proven to significantly reduce waste and energy use.