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  • Plastic Bag Ban Could Save Lives

    Mamaroneck, New York recently joined the ranks of fellow Westchester County city, Rye, in passing a ban of disposable shopping bags. The Village Board of Trustees in this city of 27,000 located 23 miles north of New York City unanimously approved the law that banishes both paper and plastic disposable bags and will go into action on January 16, 2013. The law gained momentum due to the hassles incurred by plastic bags, such as blocking and clogging waterways and sewers, and the negative impact the bags have on the environment when they sit in landfills.
  • 12 Year Old Asks Illinois Governor to Stop Plastic Bag Manufacturers from Bullying

    Last we left off with the state of Illinois there was talk of legislation that would prohibit the banning of disposable plastic shopping bags and place the responsibility to recycle plastic bags on the bag manufacturers. Initially this sounds like a great idea – since only a very, very small percentage of the plastic bags in existence are recycled any effort to increase the amount of disposable plastic shopping bags recycled has got to be a good move, right? 12 year old Abby Goldberg did not think this bill was a good idea. She was so passionate about working to make sure this bill never became official that she started an online petition asking the Governor, Pat Quinn, to veto the bill, and she collected 155,000 signatures backing her up. This resourceful youth even had the opportunity to hold a press conference and present her petition to Quinn.
  • Corvallis Oregon Says Goodbye to Disposable Shopping Bags

    The Corvallis Oregon City Council unanimously voted recently to ban disposable plastic shopping bags in retail outlets. This move makes Corvallis, a city of about 54,000 people located 82 miles south west of Portland and home to Oregon State University, the second city in Oregon to ban single use plastic bags. Portland was the first city and Eugene is making great strides in their quest to become the third Oregon city to ban disposable plastic shopping bags.
  • GREEN Northampton Laying the Groundwork for a Plastic Bag Ban

    A grassroots movement is underway is the town of Northampton, Massachusetts. The objective is to put an end to Styrofoam take out containers and disposable plastic bags. GREEN Northampton, a nonprofit, community driven organization is leading this charge. According to their web site this group’s mission is to foster Northampton's community bonds and promote environmentally sustainable, low-energy and healthy lifestyles in response to climate change and resource depletion. GREEN Northampton has many big and impressive goals and ultimately they want to make the world a better place, starting with their city.
  • Seattle’s Bag Ban Quickly Approaching

    July 1 is a big day – this is the day the plastic bag ban will take effect in Seattle, Washington. The ban was passed back in December and it has an impact on all stores from small mom and pop ventures to large retail chains. There are still some folks who disagree with the ban and there continue to be small movements to overturn the law. Most of the anti-ban groups are either financed by plastic bag manufacturers or residents upset that the law was voted in by the city council and never went before the people. Shortly after the ban was voted in there was a petition to get the issue on a ballet so the people of Seattle could decide on the matter; however this grassroots movement failed to get enough signatures for the plastic bag ban to go to a city wide vote. Overall the general mood among Seattle residents is that this is the right thing to do. So many plastic bags are used and are not properly disposed of and bags end up littering waterways and causing environmental harm.
  • NPR Asks About Disposable and Reusable Shopping Bags

    In a segment titled TELL ME MORE, Michel Martin of NPR News recently conducted an interview with Michel Bolinder of the group Anacostia Riverkeeper and Nick Gillespie, the editor-in-chief of the libertarian magazine, Reason. These gentlemen sat down together to discuss the pros and cons of fees or taxes levied against disposable plastic bags and outright bans on these disposable bags, as well as the environmental and societal impact of measures taken to curb plastic bag use.
  • Fort McMurray’s Curious Problem

    The folks of Fort McMurray in Alberta Canada have been living with a disposable bag ban for about 9 months, and while there have been some bumps in the road things are going very well. Fort McMurray is about a 5 hour drive northeast of Edmonton and in 2010 the regional council unanimously voted to ban single use plastic and paper shopping bags after the residents handed over a petition in favor of a ban with 2,300 signatures. The ban went into effect in September of 2011 and the rest is history. Fort McMurray’s ban only extends to plastic bags given out by retailers; liquor stores, pharmacies, and some restaurants are still allowed to distribute single use plastic bags.
  • Carmel and Pacific Grove Latest California Cities to Ponder Plastic Bag Ban

    At the rate things have been going it should not be long before there are more cities in the state of California with bans on disposable plastic shopping bags than cities and towns without such bans. Northern California is a hotbed of bag ban activity, although the southern portion of the state has been making tremendous strides in the past year. Carmel-by-the-Sea (more commonly referred to simply as Carmel) and Pacific Grove are two of the more recent California cities navigating the plastic bag ban waters.
  • Windham Weighs Bag Ban

    After a local 8th grader made a proposal to the Town Council in Windham, Maine the town, located about 16 miles north west of Portland, found themselves in a predicament. The student, Sierra Yost, made a presentation urging the Council to ban single use plastic bags and impose a 10-cent fee on non-recyclable paper bags in stores larger than 2,500 square feet. Yost was inspired after seeing the documentary film, 'Bag It.'
  • SeaWorld Bans Plastic Bags in all Parks

    Last year SeaWorld in San Diego looked at ways to reduce plastic bags in conjuncture with the opening of the Turtle Reef attraction. The program has been such a success that the company plans to eliminate plastic bags in all 10 locations across the country over the next year. SeaWorld Orlando will discontinue the use of plastic bags to coincide with the opening of their latest attraction, Turtle Trek. The devastating toll plastic bags wreck on the environment hit especially close to home for SeaWorld. Caring for wildlife and their natural habitats is part of SeaWorld's mission.

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