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In 2016, California became the first US state to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags


In August 2014, California became the first state to enact legislation imposing a statewide plastic bag ban on single-use plastic bags at large retail stores. A 10-cent minimum charge was also required by the bill for recycled paper bags at certain locations, and also with reusable plastic bags and compostable bags. The ban was set to take effect on July 1, 2015, but a referendum forced the issue onto the ballot in the November 2016 election. Proposition 67 passed with 52 percent of the vote, meaning the plastic bag ban approved by the Legislature remains the law. A detailed summary of the law can be found below. Voters also rejected a second measure, Proposition 65, which proposed to have a 10-cent charge and gather it all up to create an environmental fund. Proceeds will then be for alternative bags.

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