In California, lawmakers rejected a bill that would forever change the question “Paper or plastic?” by banning plastic shopping bags. The measure, titled AB 1998, passed in the State Assembly in June and was supported by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Despite this, the proposed law stirred a contentious debate; some believe the state was going too far in trying to regulate personal choice and that the law would have eliminated jobs at plastic bag factories.
“I think we missed a great opportunity,” said the measure’s author, Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) in a report by the Los Angeles Times. Had the law passed, California would have been the first state to pass a plastic bag ban.
Though this new law failed in California, many cities across the globe are banning plastic bags, from San Francisco to Mumbai. In fact, many cities and states have banned plastic bags in India. Even Mexico City, which has a population the size of the state of California, has banned the bags.
Some studies show that California uses 19 billion plastic bags a year, most of which are not recycled. Given the impact on the environment and your right to make personal choices, do you think plastic bags should be banned? Cast your vote in the poll below!
"People made the switch to plastic from paper years ago because everyone thought that having to recycle the paper was worse than using the plastic bags.
Now days, we know that plastic is more detrimental to the environment than recycling paper. Plastic should not be used and I already use reusable bags. Reusable is the way to go!"
-- Hunter, 16, TX
Todo | | | | | | | | HI | | | | | 15 | plastic bags | 2010-09-02 07:43:28 | | | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | I think they should ban plastic bags because less amimals would be affected with paper bags.
"We love channel one and think that plastic bags should be banned because we helped pick up litter yesterday and most of it was plastic."
--Ms. Snider's Class, NC
"No because a lot of people can't hold a paper bag when need a handle so i say plastic to hold on to."
--Clease, 15, VA
"Plastic is a waste -- period. What it has done for the planet is pollute and kill."
--Martie, 16, NC
"No, they should not be banned because they can be reused for many things if people actually think about it."
--Clayton, 15, SC
"I think that plastic bags should be banned because I don't want to go to the beach and see dead animals floating around in the ocean, but most importantly I want a clean beach."
--Aimee Pierce, 14, NC
"I think they should be banned. Too much litter and who would throw away a cloth bag."
--Shelbi, 13, LA
"I believe that it's our choice as to whether or not we give up this luxury to help the environment. My family recycles the bags by re-using them around the house."
--Miles, 16, VA