People in California could feel the change coming. Unlike folks in Kansas and Missouri, they were used to being charged for plastic bags.
Soon even that will be out. The California legislature last week passed the first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.
It only awaits the governor’s signature. The law would prohibit the bags in grocery stores and large pharmacies in 2015 and in convenience stores in 2016.
It is an environmentally friendly move — something people would expect from California. Plastic bags don’t degrade easily.
The ban, however, creates a new problem for consumers. Reusable bags have to be kept clean. Residue from meats, fruits, vegetables and other grocery products can be breeding grounds for bacteria.
Folks in the Midwest should brace for the change. Often what happens on the East or West coasts makes its way to our area.