California's Santa Cruz County has exempted restaurants from its plastic bag ban in response to lawsuit filed by Save the Plastic Bag Coalition; some restaurants have voluntarily stopped using bags

LOS ANGELES , February 10, 2012 () – Santa Cruz County in California has altered its plastic bag ban to exempt restaurants after Save the Plastic Bag Coalition filed a lawsuit challenging the law, Mercury News reported Feb. 7.

In a vote on Feb. 7, the county supervisors said the change was necessary to guarantee the ban would move forward and take effect on March 20.

Despite the change, some restaurants have already stopped using plastic bags.

The ban was passed in 2011 and was strongly supported by local environmentalists working to keep plastic bags out of Monterey Bay and away from marine life.

The primary source of this article is Mercury News, San Jose, California, on Feb. 7, 2012.

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