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Sacramento approves ban on plastic bags at stores

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento has become the latest city in California to approve a ban on plastic bags at supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1DtC1OP ) Wednesday that the City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved the ban starting Jan. 1.

About one third of California cities already have such a ban in place. Stores will no longer offer customers plastic bags.

Instead, shoppers will be given the option of recycled paper bags or reusable bags that stores will sell.

A representative from the American Progressive Bag Alliance, which represents the plastic bag industry, has spoken out against the ban.

Last fall, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to pull plastic bags out of checkout counters at large stores next year.

A referendum to repeal the statewide plastic-bag ban has qualified for November 2016 ballot.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

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