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Governor Wants Ban On Plastic Bags

Sacramento, CA– Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is hoping lawmakers will reconsider a defeated bill to ban plastic bags.

Earlier this year, the bill by Democratic Assemblywoman Julia Brownley couldn’t make it past the State Senate.  It also faced opposition from chemical company interest groups.

“What we are talking about here is the white pollution,” said Schwarzenegger. “California uses 120,000 tons of plastic bags every year and only 5 percent gets recycled and the rest ends up in our landfill, as litter on our streets and beaches and as pollution in our lakes and oceans.”

Schwarzenegger said he would like to sign into law a California ban on plastic bags before he leaves office on January 3rd.

Written by tina.falco@mlode.com