Quick Mends: State Supreme Court upholds plastic bag ban

Bag Man: Now that you can be nicked a dime for a paper bag at grocery stores in unincorporated areas in L.A. County, it pays to bring your own. (Barbara Burns)

Manhattan Beach doesn’t have to complete an environmental review in order to ban retailers from providing single-use plastic bags to customers at the point of sale, the California Supreme Court ruled yesterday. Read the complete story.

This is a victory for those who want most plastic bags to disappear from the shopping landscape. I was in Trader Joe’s last week and luckily I didn’t forget my bags. The guy in front of me got a little salty when the clerk gave him the choice of either a paper bag, costing a dime, or a reusable plastic bag for a buck and change.

So “paper or plastic?” has become — what? — “paper or plastic?”

See you on the river, Jim Burns

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