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San Luis Obispo County passes plastic bag ban

By: Mike Verespej

January 12, 2012

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF. (Jan. 12, 1:55 p.m. ET) — San Luis Obispo County has joined the growing list of California communities to ban plastic carryout bags, but The Save the Plastic Bag Coalition has already told the county that it will file a lawsuit within 30 days to have the ban overturned.

The San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority approved the ban in an 8-5 vote Jan. 12. It is scheduled to go into effect in October, and also includes a 10-cent fee on all paper bags handed out at checkout.

More than 50 communities across the United States have banned plastic bags, and another three has taxes ranging from 5-10 cents on plastic bags. In addition, more than two dozen cities, counties and states have proposals pending to ban plastic bags.