Bag ban challenge fails as ordinance takes effect
October 2, 2012
A challenge to the newly implemented San Luis Obispo County plastic bag ban failed in court Monday. [SLO Tribune]
On the same day the ban went into effect, San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Charles Crandall ruled that the county Integrated Waste Management Authority did not need to conduct an in depth review of the environmental impacts of the ban before enacting it.
Crandall wrote that the group of plastic bag manufacturers and distributors that filed suit, Save the Plastic Bag Coalition, failed to prove that the bag ban might cause harm to the environment. The judge said that evidence submitted by San Francisco attorney Stephen Joseph on behalf of the plastic bag coalition did not pertain to San Luis Obispo County.
The plastic bag ban is now in effect at supermarkets, large retail store, convenience stores and pharmacies across the county. Shoppers who do not bring their own reusable bags or pay a mandated 10 cents apiece for paper bags.