When San Francisco adopted the nation's first ban on plastic grocery bags three years ago, euphoric supporters predicted that California's addiction to the flimsy throwaway carriers was finally coming to an end.
But since then just one other city — Malibu — has enacted a ban. 1.
In the meantime, retailers are still dispensing an estimated 19 billion plastic bags each year at supermarkets, drugstores and retailers. Despite efforts to increase recycling, just 5% are reused, government figures show.