The city of Pleasant Hill could see a ban on plastic bags, which have already been banned in five other cities of Contra Costa County. In a proposal that has been put forth, this ban might come into effect by the end of summer.

What Does the Proposal Say about Custom Reusable Totes?

State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) has put a bill in motion similar to the one adopted by Walnut Creek . The bill prohibits major grocery stores from giving out plastic bags to customers. However, plastic bags for meat, fresh produce and medical prescriptions are exceptions as per the proposal. Customers can either choose to pay an extra 10 cents for a recycled paper bag, or bring their own custom reusable totes to the store.

After September 1, cities and counties will not be able to add any other plastic bag regulations, which apply to grocery stores and convenience stores. It is for this reason that Pleasant Hill wants to adopt the proposal by September 1.

Food establishments are asking Pleasant Hill to consider giving them an exemption. According to them, plastic bags in comparison to paper bags are better for carrying food items, as they can easily catch leaks.

As is the case with most bans, there are two sides to this one as well. Councilman Jack Weir has said that Pleasant Hill does not need to spend any money on bringing this ban into place. He has not received any complaints about plastic bags littering the city.

On the other hand, Councilman Ken Carlson strongly supports the ban, believing it will improve the environment. According to him, grocery stores should not find it too difficult to switch from plastic to paper when packing groceries. Consumers should also be aware of the pitfalls of the increasing use of plastic bags.

Pleasant Hill Residents Should Go for Custom Reusable Totes

Going for custom reusable totes is the first step you can take to reduce the use of plastic bags. Reusable bags are environmentally friendly, and are a better option when compared to normal plastic bags. They fit more items and do not tear from too much weight. Some stores give discounts or deals to customers who use their own reusable bags.

Custom reusable totes are also non-toxic and do not harm the surroundings. Plastic bags can be toxic for the environment. They can end up in water bodies where they cause harm to marine life.