ACC: Why ban PE films, when you can recycle?

Earlier this week, the Los Angeles City Council took one step closer to finalizing a plastic bag ban that is set to go into effect in 2014. The final vote is scheduled next week.

Last year, when the city announced plans to ban single-use plastic bags, it became the largest city in the U.S. to do so. (For more about plastic bag bans, check out the comprehensive bag ban report by PlasticsToday). One in four Californians now live in a city that has enacted curbs against single-use bags, according to Heal the Bay, an environmental group. Seventy-six state municipalities are covered by ordinances banning plastic single-use bags and most also deter paper single-use bags, the group stated.

"It's unfortunate," Shari Jackson, director of the Flexible Film Recycling Group, told PlasticsToday. "We who work with the material know of its sustainability value and of its recyclability. We're concerned that those types of initiatives that are put in place can be really harmful to the current collection infrastructure for collecting other films for recycling. It's a very highly recyclable material and should be recycled. We don't want to do anything to discourage that, we want to encourage it, and that's what we are about."...

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