Officials Considering Grocery Bag Tax

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, January 28, 2005
Democratic Assemblyman Paul Koretz says he’s considering introducing new legislation to try to control the number of plastic bags that often end up along the roadside or in the ocean. Cut:PaulK1 (:17) “The question is how do you start to change manufacturers and retailers behavior, and how do you start to change the public behavior. One idea we had last year was to attach a fee on plastic bags and Styrofoam cups. Unfortunately, that didn’t go very far.” Koretz says he’s currently considering several options, including a bill to label plastic items as to whether they’re recyclable. Koretz says he supports what San Francisco is considering, which is to place a seventeen-cent fee on grocery bags provided at check-out. SOC