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In this May 24, 2012 file photo, a woman carries her purchases in plastic bags in Los Angeles. Plastics discarded by people often end up in the ocean, creating coastal pollution that harms marine life and gathers out at sea. In this May 24, 2012 file photo, a woman carries her purchases in plastic bags in Los Angeles. Plastics discarded by people often end up in the ocean, creating coastal pollution that harms marine life and gathers out at sea.
In this Aug. 11, 2009 file photo provided by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography shows Matt Durham, center, pulling in a large patch of sea garbage with the help of Miriam Goldstein, right, in the Pacific Ocean. In this Aug. 11, 2009 file photo provided by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography shows Matt Durham, center, pulling in a large patch of sea garbage with the help of Miriam Goldstein, right, in the Pacific Ocean.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California bill that would have required manufacturers to figure out how to keep the most common plastic junk out of state waterways has died in the state Assembly without a vote.

Assembly Bill 521 was before the chamber's Appropriations Committee on Friday. The panel held it without a vote, effectively killing the legislation for the session.

Each year cleanup crews throughout the U.S. collect millions of pounds of plastic trash from beaches and coastal waterways, with the biggest numbers coming from California's 1,100-mile coastline.

The "extended producer responsibility" bill was seeking to shift the cost of cleanup from local cities and counties to plastic products makers.

It aimed to reduce 95 percent of plastic pollution along the state's coastline by 2024.

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