The Changing Tide: One Year In, California’s Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban is Working

According to data from the California Coastal Commission and Ocean Conservancy, the number of single-use plastic bags removed on the state’s annual Coastal Cleanup Days have decreased from 2014 to 2017, falling from 2.59% to 1.24% of all debris picked up. This is a sign that the statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, enacted in 2014, is working as plastic bags have effectively fallen out of the “top ten” list of type of debris picked up.

Click here to read the full article on the summer issue of The Changing Tide, a publication by the California Department of Parks & Recreation, Division of Boating & Waterways, and the California Coastal Commission.

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