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[GreenYes] Re: URGENT - AB2449 - Local rights being taken away for fees, bans on plastic bags

I know I'm preaching to the choir here. This is nonsense. I'm so tired of
looking at litter - especially plastic bags and foam cups.

Obviously we like folks to use less bags in the first place and then use
reusable (cloth or reuse the disposable ones.)

But for people/businesses addicted to one time use bags there are plenty of
green choices and demand for them will bring down the price if it's not
competitive already...biodegradable "plastic" should be the compromise.

Stephen N. Weisser, Sales Manager
GreenLine Paper Company, Inc.
631 S. Pine Street
York, PA 17403
stevew@no.address <>


From: GreenYes@no.address [mailto:GreenYes@no.address] On Behalf
Of Gary Liss
Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2006 4:13 PM
To: plasticdebris@no.address; crra_members@no.address;
GreenYes@no.address; zerowastecommunities@no.address;
Cc: stephanie.barger@no.address; murray@no.address; Scott
Smithline; Bill Sheehan
Subject: [GreenYes] URGENT - AB2449 - Local rights being taken away for
fees, bans on plastic bags

Apologies for Cross-Postings

They have just added language to AB2449 which prohibits any local county,
city, township from imposing any fee, ban, levy, restrictions on plastic

Please write or call Assemblymember Levine NOW. The Legislative session
ends tomorrow!

(916) 319-2040
(818) 904-3840

If emailing, please cc: CAW at:
murray@no.address (Mark Murray) and
scottsmithline@no.address (Scott Smithline)

and cc: Stephanie Barger at:

From: "Stephanie Barger" <stephanie.barger@no.address>
Subject: RE: URGENT - CAPP ADVISORY/ZW - with attachment - Local rights
being taken away plastic bags
Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2006 12:22:23 -0700
Organization: Earth Resource Foundation

We just received some disturbing news regarding AB2449 - Plastic Bag

As I have discussed before, we have been working with Heal the Bay and the
Jewish Coalition on the Environment to strengthen (give teeth) AB2449. It
has taken a turn for the worse. They have just added language which
basically prohibits any local county, city, township from imposing any fee,
ban, levy, restrictions on plastic bags.

I spoke at length with Garciela with Assemblyman Levine's office this
morning. She is right now talking with Levine and will get back to me. I
told her with this language that we would have to withdrawal our support and
most likely strongly oppose the bill.

There is one city already working on a bag fee and this completely
undermines all of our grassroots movement and of course HILEX is for the

Why we oppose it:

1) the opening paragraph suggests that there will be some type of recycled
content in the plastic bags comparing it to the trash bag bill. Yet this is
just about collecting bags

2) most stores already do this and more. This requires plastic carryout
bags yet most stores collect carryout, dry cleaning, produce, newspapers,

3) there is no requirement for the plastic bags to be made out of recycled

4) there is no requirement for the store to reduce their plastic bag usage
as was done in San Francisco

5) there is no requirement to provide incentives for people who use
reusable bags or any requirement that so many consumers use reusable bags

6) there is no money for enforcement, education, etc

7) the "store" requirement is for very large stores and doesn't even use
CIWMB definition for stores which is based on revenues, etc. including more
stores (we would like to include malls, 7-11, 99cent stores, etc)

8) it states that the manufacturer has to develop educational materials and
make available to the store yet it doesn't make the store put up the

9) no education of clerks, managers and other staff on the harms of plastic,
bag packing, benefits economically and environmentally on using reusable

We have only been successful with our smoke free beaches, anti-polystyrene,
zero waste, etc by letting the local cities and counties develop grassroots
movements and ordinances which work for them.

The County of Orange is in the process of smoke free beaches and parks and
have drafted their anti-polystyrene ordinance. It has taken a while but it
is happening and most importantly people are educated and understand the
bigger picture.

DON'T LET OUR LOCAL RIGHTS BE TAKEN AWAY - Please call Levine's office at
your earliest convenience either on behalf of your own organization or on
behalf of CAPP.

Stephanie Barger, Executive Director
Earth Resource Foundation
230 E. 17th St #208
Costa Mesa, CA 92627 <>

Help support Earth Resource Foundation's youth programs and campaigns for:
smoke free beaches, plastic reduction and promotion of electric cars and
renewable energies

Gary Liss
Fax: 916-652-0485 <>

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