Calif. Supreme Court upholds plastic bag distribution ban
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July 14 — Reversing a lower court ruling, the California Supreme Court has upheld a Manhattan Beach ordinance that bans the use of plastic bags by local businesses.

Save the Plastic Bag Coalition, a group of plastic bag manufacturers and distributors, sued to stop the law from going into effect, saying the Los Angeles area-city did not prepare an environmental impact report before enacting the law.

The Court of Appeals had sided with the coalition, but the Supreme Court overruled that decision with a July 14 unanimous ruling.

“Substantial evidence and common sense support the city´s determination that its ordinance would have no significant environmental effect,” Judge Carol Corrigan wrote in the 22-page ruling.

The law was passed in 2008 to ban the use of point-of-sale plastic carry-out bags.

Contact Waste & Recycling News reporter Jeremy Carroll at or 313-446-6780.


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