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The city of Brownsville, Texas, has decided to impose a $1 surcharge on every disposable plastic shopping bag handed out by supermarkets and convenience stores there, following up on a voluntary ban on the bags that went into effect last January, and a mandatory ban that goes into effect next January.

The money collected between now and when the mandatory ban starts being enforced will be used to fund environmental programs.

Late last month, the California State Senate voted to reject a bill that would have instituted a statewide ban on plastic shopping bags, which would have followed up on similar bans approved by cities that include San Francisco, Palo Alto and Malibu; reports say that the county of Los Angeles and the communities of Santa Monica and Redondo Beach are in the process of considering local bans.
KC's View:
My biggest problem with this ban is that dry cleaners, small hardware stores and pharmacies are all exempted from it. That’s nonsense - it isn’t like their plastic bags are less harmful to the environment. Maybe you give small retailers and independents more time to make the adjustment, but to exempt some seems patently unfair.