San Jose Bans Plastic and Paper Bags to Help Environment

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 23 (UPI) — The council in San Jose, the largest city in Northern California, has voted to ban most plastic and paper bags.

The San Jose ban would not take effect until 2011 if approved by a final council vote in the spring, the San Jose Mercury News reported. It must also receive environmental and legal reviews before that vote.

Mayor Chuck Reed was joined Tuesday by counterparts from nearby cities and towns to support the ban.

“I’ll step out and take the lead in the South Bay to eliminate the scourge of plastic bags,” Reed said.

Other California cities have banned plastic bags, including San Francisco, which pioneered the idea in 2007. But San Jose is the first to extend the ban to paper bags on the grounds that making them uses up resources without need.

Stores would still be allowed to use paper bags made of at least 40 percent recycled materials and would have to charge a fee.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

Categorized | Nature & Ecosystems, Other
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