Single-Use Plastic Ban Approved by Sacramento City Council

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SACRAMENTO —

The Sacramento City Council unanimously passed a ban on single-use plastic and paper bags Tuesday night.

Specific stores will be prohibited from handing out single-use bags to customers.

Stores will also be required to charge customers a minimum 10 cent fee to use recycled paper and reusable bags.

The City Council voted last week on the language of the ban, which will go into effect January 1, 2016, ten months before the statewide ban begins.

Sacramento will become one of 128 California cities to approve a bag ban before the state does.

Experts say the people of Sacramento would save more than 10 million plastic bags from going to the landfill every month.