California bans single-use plastic bags

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LOS ANGELES (KNBC) – California has become the first state to ban single-use plastic bags.

Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed the ban, which would prohibit single-use plastic bags at grocery stores and large pharmacies in 2015.

The ban would also include convenience stores in 2016.

The measure also features $2 million in loans to help manufacturers shift to producing reusable bags.

It would also allow stores to charge 10 cents for each paper and reusable bag.