Salinas, California, Aug. 27, 2014 (PBBR) - The past month has been a very busy time for City Councils in many California cities. Four cities have passed ordinances banning plastic carryout bags from retailers.
Salinas is the latest city to prohibit the free distribution of plastic bags by merchants for customers to use in transporting goods that were purchased from the retailer. Salinas' ban brings the total to 183 U.S. jurisdictions with plastic bag regulations in place.
Located in Monterey County, who just also passed a ban, Salinas' ordinance mirrors the county's plastic bag ban.
The other California cities who just enacted plastic bag ordinances are: St. Helena, Encinitas, and Calistoga.
Many City Councils in California were trying to beat the deadline of Sept. 1st because it was widely believed that a state-wide proposition would pass. SB 270, if passed, would have preempted bag bans by cities from Sept. 1st forward. However, yesterday, SB 270 failed passage in the California Legislature.