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SAVE THE BAY estimates that more than a million plastic bags wind up in San Francisco Bay each year, smothering wetlands and entangling animals. This trash flows into the ocean and joins the Great Pacific Garbage Patch--an area of "trash soup" twice the size of Texas, where plastic pieces outnumber plankton...under various guises, the plastics industry is suing cities that attempt to reduce plastic bag usage..."Fees and bans are proven ways to create a mass switch to reusable bags, which will clean up our communities," says exec director David Lewis. In fact, in Ireland, a 33-cent fee on plastic bags reduced use by 90% and plastic bag litter by 93% in one year.Save The Bay supports California Assembly Bill 68, which requires a 25-cent fee on plastic and paper bags at all retailers. A portion of the fee would be used for litter cleanup programs, and low-income customers would be exempt. Through our Clean Bay Project, Save The Bay is working directly with San Jose and other Bay Area cities to pass legislation that would reduce plastic bag usage.



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