There will no longer be plastic bags next to fruits and vegetables in California grocery stores in the near future. Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law last week that will phase out produce bags by January 2025. SB 1046 will force supermarkets to phase out single-use plastic produce bags, called pre-checkout bags, that are often seen near the fruits and vegetables section or used near the packaged meats. The San Jose Mercury News reports the alternative would be recycled paper or compostable bags. The vote for this bill in the legislature fell along party lines, with the California Grocers Association acting as the main opponent to the bill. Trader Joes has already put the compostable fruit and vegetable bags in their stores back in 2019.
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