Stores Preparing for Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

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Shoppers and businesses are gearing up for a statewide ban on plastic bags.

Thursday, the governor indicated he would sign the bill into law, making California the first of its kind in the nation.

"It's gonna take a lot from everyone to realize that plastic is not the way of life," Taylor's Market manager Dave Hunter said.

Hunter says he's already preparing for changes at checkout.  Instead of the flimsy plastic bags that we're all used to,  the store will charge ten cents for a heavy-duty, re-usable version.

Paper will still be an option, also for ten cents.  Hunter says he doesn’t expect the ban to make a big dent in the store’s bottom line.

"I guess you could say it will save us money because we might be able to eliminate one form of a bag," Hunter said.

If the governor signs the bill, it will go into effect on July 1, but some shoppers say it will take them longer than that to remember to bring their reusable bag every time they come into the store

Shopper Pat Kuske thinks the plastic bag ban is ridiculous but understands he will likely have to adapt.

Hunter says roughly 40 percent of shoppers at Taylor's Market already bring in reusable bags.  For shoppers who do that, like Leslie McFadden, the ban won't change much.

McFadden says she is definitely on board with the ban.

"I keep this (reusable bag) in my purse and I have others in my car I just have to remember to bring them in," McFadden said.

The governor has until the end of this month to sign or veto the bill. If it becomes law, shoppers and retailers will have less than a year to change their ways.