Monterey County Chapter

California Plastic Bag Ban

We did it! Voters in 2016 passed a proposition to protect the plastic bag ban.

Recent research tells us that there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050! We see single-use plastic items, including the easily littered plastic bags, polluting our beaches and ocean. Marine plastic pollution is also extremely harmful, and sometimes fatal, for marine life.

Consider these facts:

  • In California, the average person uses 360 bags a
    year—which adds up to 10 billion bags a year.
  • An average use time of a plastic bag is 12 minutes, but
    the bag lasts forever!
  • Less than 3% of bags are recycled
  • Plastic bags are one of the top items picked up at
    beach cleanups.