SAN JOSE (AP) — San Jose could become the largest California city to ban disposable plastic bags.

The San Jose City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a measure to ban single-use plastic bags and bar retailers from giving away paper ones. Retailers could charge customers for paper sacks to encourage use of reusable ones.

The proposed ordinance would take effect Jan. 1, 2012.

But plastic-bag makers oppose the ban and say their product is fully recyclable and can be reused in many ways.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that San Francisco banned plastic bags in 2007, and Palo Alto, Oakland, Fairfax, Malibu and Los Angeles County have approved similar measures.

State legislation to ban plastic carryout bags from grocery and drugstores died this year for lack of support in the Senate.

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Comments (3)
  1. JOhn 6 says:

    Enough is enough. Go ahead and regulate us to the levels of stupidity. I have purchased a flat of plastic bags on eBay and should supply me for a number of years. I have no need for paper bags. They tear, fall apart, and you can carry only a few at a time. The only thing good about paper bags is, it keeps the loggers employed. (Logging is hard work and not for the mamby pamby’s that passed these stupid laws) If you have a problem with the little plastic bags, nail the jerks that throw them in the street. THESE ARE NOT SINGLE USE BAGS.!!! What is a single use bag? Lawn bag, trash bag, Hefty bag, Glad bag. I don’t see any limits on these.

  2. Linda Rose says:

    Stupid, stupid, stupid. If the city council has nothing better to do, we need to double check how much their remuneration is and lower it substantially. We have major issues that they should be handling.

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