Paper Urges Plastic Bag Ban

The L. A. Times says plastic bags are a nuisance to the land, sea and animals and calls for the Californian Senate to stand up now to the bag industry and ban them.

The L. A. Times says plastic bags are a nuisance to the land, sea and animals and calls for the Californian Senate to stand up now to the bag industry and ban them. A bill before the senate, while still hotly contested by the plastic bag manufacturing industry, should be passed, the paper advocates in its editorial. "This is the easiest and most effective step Californians can take toward cleaning up plastics pollution." "There's little to like about (plastic bags) aside from their dubious value as pooper scoopers. Californians can easily live without them. Let's do it."

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