Stores are charging 10 to 15 cents for an environmental option at check-out.
If you’re headed out to the grocery store, or anywhere that provides plastic bags at check-out, be prepared to pay some small change in case you didn’t come prepared.
Proposition 67 which asked voters if they wanted a ban on plastic bags: it passed 52-percent to 42-percent.
“It’s a victory that California voters have said ‘no’ to big plastic,” said Mark Murray, executive director of Californians Against Waste. “The defense of this law by grass-roots environmental organizations and community groups is a real testament to this new era of monied special interests not having their way.”
The ban takes effect immediately and affects any California establishment that would normally offer the convenient plastic totes.
Shoppers are still offered paper bags or recycled plastic at the register but they cost from 10 to 15 cents.
If you’re headed to the self-checkout make sure you bring your own reusable bags from home because there aren’t any options available there.