California bans plastic bags: key things to know

California bans plastic bags in what is the nation's first statewide ban. Here are six things to know about the landmark legislation:

2. What is the problem with plastic bags?

Environmental groups and local governments say plastic bags have been a vexing source of pollution. Because they don't easily decompose, they end up littering parks, rivers, beaches and oceans. Plastic debris can accumulate in the ocean and ends up in the bellies of fish and other marine life. Cities and counties estimate they spend millions of dollars to clean up the waste, according to an analysis of the bill.

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