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Americans use an estimated 100 billion plastic bags every year—that’s about 1,500 per family. Although most lightweight plastic bags can be recycled, more than 95 percent end up in landfills or are set adrift in the environment where they can wreak havoc on wildlife and our infrastructure.
Polls suggest that Californians overwhelmingly support a law banning plastic bags—more than 100 cities and counties, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, have already enacted their own local bans. Everyday voters see the windblown bags littering our streets, stuck in trees, and washing up on shore. We know that these bags never fully decompose, and that they aren’t being recycled enough to justify the long-term harmful impact they’ve already placed on our environment.