Trashed plans: Cal­i­for­nia bag ban under­mined by loop­hole in law that opened door for new plas­tic con­tain­er

California’s law pro­hibit­ing sin­gle-use plas­tic bags has back­fired in the state due to a loop­hole in the leg­is­la­ture per­mit­ting reusable bags that still con­tain large amounts of plas­tic. 
The 2014 bill, known as SB 270, was sup­posed to curb the state’s plas­tic con­sump­tion but instead dra­mat­i­cal­ly increased it due to the law allow­ing reusable bags, which are made with HDPE, a thick­er, heav­ier plas­tic than the make­up of the banned plas­tic bags, the Los Ange­les Times report­ed. The year the law was approved, there was 157,385 tons of plas­tic bag waste, and in 2022, it had esca­lat­ed by 47% with 231,072 tons of plas­tic bag waste …