Plastic Bag Bans


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  • Single Use Plastic Bags Banned In the U.S.

    It is with great excitement that we tell you that the President today banned single use plastic bags from the United States! The announcement was made earlier today at a press conference and according to the President this ban will ‘set the United States on a path towards sustainability.’ The disposable bag ban is set to go into action on July 1, 2014 and will prohibit the distribution of single-use plastic bags at grocery and big box stores. Paper bags will be available for a 5-cent fee. Stores will keep the paper bag fee as it is intended to cover the expense stores incur when purchasing paper bags. Individuals on public assistance programs will be exempt from the fee.
  • Latest News on Proposed California Bag Ban Means Incentives for Retraining Plastic Workers

    California is in the news again as another proposed law is aiming to ban plastic bags from supermarkets across the state. In the proposed bill, which is a collaboration between Senators Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) and Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach), not only would single-use plastic bags be banned, but stores would be allowed to charge 10 cents for every recyclable bag shoppers need.
  • Why Bag Bans Mean Good Business

    Disposable bag bans are clearly great for the environment since they prevent litter and the damaging effects discarded single-use plastic bags can have on ecosystems and municipalities alike. Another benefit of disposable bag bans is the boost they give to businesses. When a single-use bag ban goes into action, residents need to make the switch to reusable grocery bags. This is a great chance for you to create a customized bag that will help your customers out by filling their need for a reusable bag while also spreading the word about your brand.
  • Latest News on Single Use Bag Bans in the United States

    Last June a ban on single-use plastic bags was passed in Los Angeles. Starting January 1, 2014 single-use plastic bags were banned from stores that sell perishable foods and make at least $2 million in gross annual sales or occupy at least 10,000 square feet of retail space within the City of Los Angeles. The ordinance also levies a 10-cent fee on paper bags and will extend to smaller stores on July 1, 2014. Stores that do not comply with the ban will be fined to encourage participation. The ban does not cover stores that do not carry groceries, such as department stores.
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  • Latest News on Bag Bans Around the World

    It turns out good things do not come to those who wait. For the folks in Mississauga, Ontario, one year after being directed to study the impact of a disposable plastic bag ban, the waste management committee ruled against implementing a ban. Reasons cited for not banning disposable plastic bags ranged from loss of single use plastic bag manufacturing jobs and possible legal troubles which was the case when nearby Toronto attempted to pass a ban. There is no talk of revisiting this issue although disposable plastic bag use is in check in Mississauga due to public outreach efforts and a 5-cent fee levied on single use bags.
  • What Is The Impact of Bag Bans and Fees on Business?

    How Do Bag Bans and Fees Impact Business? Single use bag bans and fees do not have a significant impact on retail business and in fact, can actually lower costs. People need to purchase groceries and other goods regardless of a ban, so while there may be a period of adjustment, ultimately things will go on as normal. A common criticism of single use bag bans and fees is that an ordinance will drive consumers away – the claim is residents will shop in nearby areas where there is not a similar law, but there is no evidence to back this claim up. People are very adaptable and while a law regulating the use of disposable bags may take some getting used to and may temporally cause consumers to complain, ultimately people will realize the new single use bag law is not inconvenient, and they will continue to shop at the stores impacted by the ban.
  • How Do Shoppers and Retailers Really Feel About Bag Bans and Reusable Bags?

    Do Shoppers and Retailers Like Bag Bans and Reusable Bags? The Answer Might Surprise You


    In a 3-2 vote, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors decided to develop an ordinance banning disposable plastic bags in unincorporated areas and supporting reusable bags. The proposed single use plastic bag ban will impact stores of at least 10,000 square feet that sell dry groceries or canned goods, as well as drug stores, pharmacies, supermarkets, grocery stores, food marts and convenience food stores or similar retail stores.

    The ban would not extend to restaurants, department stores and wine-tasting rooms. The City of Santa Barbara has in place a ban on disposable plastic bags that also levies a 10-cent fee on paper bags.

    Santa Barbara North County Residents On Board with Bag Ban

    While a single use plastic bag bans are becoming more common in California and worldwide, there is typically some resistance to such measures; however, that does not appear to be the case in Santa Barbara County - in a recent poll of 40 North County residents in unincorporated areas, all of the people polled confirmed they were aware of similar bans and they had no problems with such bans.

    Obviously the sample size of this poll was very small, but it is telling that not a single person was opposed to the ban. A lot of people in Santa Barbara County already bring their own reusable grocery bags when they shop, so the law will not really have an impact on them.

    A lot of residents also support the ban because of the positive impact it will have on the environment. Eliminating disposable plastic bags at the checkout that means there will be fewer bags that will end up as trash that litter streets, neighborhoods and the oceans harming and killing wildlife and costing millions in local tax dollars to clean up.

    Nearby Communities Pave the Way for Consumer and Retailer Support

    Maybe the reason the folks of Santa Barbara County like their reusable shopping bags and are so inclined to support a single use plastic bag ban is that they have had experience with bans when shopping in nearby cities and counties – from San Luis Obispo to Malibu, many of the areas around Santa Barbara County already have disposable plastic bag bans in place.

    When speaking of the single use plastic bag ban in nearby San Luis Obispo resident Jenna Miller said, “I love it. It’s good for the environment, but it did take a while to get used to.”

    Santa Barbara residents have also observed that disposable plastic bag bans do not take a negative toll on businesses. When speaking of the single use plastic bag ban Linette Grosenback, manager at DePalo & Sons in San Luis Obispo said “It hasn’t really affected us. Most customers really think about whether or not they need a bag. Some people get upset at the 10 cents if they forgot their bag, but for the most part, customers don’t care (about the ban).”

    Retailers in Eugene, Oregon actually have found that they are spending less since a ban was implemented.


    Details of Bag Ban Still to Be Confirmed But Support Abounds

    The Santa Barbara County staff is still working out the specifics of the ban and no start date has been set, but it is likely that once this ban is official it will meet with little resistance from both consumers and retailers in this area since there is so much support and many shoppers already own and use reusable shopping bags. It is with great pleasure that we add Santa Barbara County to our plastic bag ban map and we wish the residents all the best!

  • Chicago O'Hare Goes Green and Gets On Board with Reusable Bags!

    As part of a policy to create a healthier and more environmentally friendly workplace single useCDA plastic bags will be banned at Chicago’s O’Hare airport – which is one of the busiest airports in the U.S. in terms of the number of passengers who pass through each year.

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