Plastic bag ban stands

Posted by Christine, July 15, 2011

The California Supreme Court upheld the right of cities to ban plastic bags, ruling Thursday that a full-scale environmental review may not always be needed to prohibit stores from giving bags to their customers.

Environmentalists lauded the unanimous decision, calling it a victory for environmental protection. But a lawyer for plastic bag makers said the manufacturers would continue to sue municipalities that impose bans without environmental impact reports.

In ruling for Manhattan Beach, the court said that “substantial evidence and common sense” showed the ban would not have significant environmental consequences, even though “the manufacture, transportation, recycling, and landfill disposal of paper bags entail more negative environmental consequences than do the same aspects of the plastic bag life cycle.”

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