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  • The City of LA Ponders Double Bag Ban

    The City of Los Angeles is working to take things to the next level. Los Angeles County has been hard at work drafting and implementing a ban on plastic bags that also calls to charge a fee to use paper bags; however, this ban only applies to the unincorporated areas of the County - the areas that do not fall under any municipalities. Not to be outdone, the City of Los Angeles has decided to put their own bag ban into action. This ban has been described as "one of the most aggressive actions against single-use bags in the nation
  • Vermont Takes on Landfills

    Landfills are a bit of a necessary evil. We need a place to toss trash, but when you round up everyone’s trash and throw it in one big heap you end up with a tremendous eyesore that just continues to grow and grow. The state of Verm ont is thinking about limiting the amount of refuse headed for the landfills. A bill was passed in the House recently that called for a study to be conducted to determine how different types of waste materials are handled. The plan is to increase recycling efforts so less garbage takes up space in landfills
  • New York Community Bans Plastic Bags

    Southampton, New York is the oldest settlement in the state, and the residents decided to make their home the first in another regard: Southampton is the first community in the state of New York to ban disposable plastic bans. After a year of public hearings the town rallied and the ban was approved. The notion of the bag ban picked up momentum amid concerns about the choking hazard plastic bags pose to wildlife and unsightly litter. The road to the ban was not without issues and disputes, but the residents and the town board were able to work together to make the plastic bag ban a reality. “I think it is all good, I think it’s all for the best. I’m really proud of the town,” said resident Julia Gruen.
  • Charges Brought Against LA County After Ban Implemented

    Over the last several months Los Angeles County rolled out a plan to ban plastic disposable bags in an effort to make the area free from plastic litter and to combat the negative environmental impact caused by plastic bags. The ban went into action in stages. The first stage went into law July 1, 2011 and banned the use of plastic bags in major retailers. Phase II extended the ban to smaller establishments on January, 1 2012.
  • Champaign Proposes Disposable Bag Tax

    Champaign, Illinois is throwing around the idea of placing a tax on disposable plastic and paper bags. The goal is simple: to reduce the community's carbon footprint. The secondary benefit of such a tax would be the revenue. The bag tax could raise nearly $200,000 in revenue for Champaign, according to Angela Adams, recycling coordinator for the City of Champaign. The money would go back to the community and would be used to finance programs and resources for the City, including an education campaign on recycling.
  • Eugene, Oregon Working to Encourage Reusable Shopping Bags

    Plastic bags are not very popular in Eugene, Oregon, so a recent move to ban them has not caused much of a stir. The ban actually has found support from organizations that typically do not back plastic bag bans: grocers. More than 60 local businesses that range from mom and pop shops to major chains in the Eugene area have announced their support of the ban. There is still some work to be done, but best case scenario the folks of Eugene can be free from plastic bags in as little as 6 months.
  • San Francisco Slammed with Bag Ban Lawsuit

    Sometimes agreeing to disagree is just not on option. The city of San Francisco was recently on the receiving end of a lawsuit that claims the San Francisco Board of Supervisors violated the California Environmental Quality Control Act by not submitting the new ban, which expanded the existing ban put into action in 2007, to a lengthy environmental review before passing the measure. The suit was brought by Steven Joseph, of the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition. Joseph has filed a number of lawsuits against counties and cities all over the state of California fighting efforts to reduce the consumption of disposable plastic bags and encourage reusable grocery bags.
  • Big Island Bans Plastic Bags

    Hawaii is known for stunning natural beauty and this environment is very much tied in to the culture and the day-to-day life of those who call the island chain home. This makes unsightly litter all the more unsettling. To help protect the beauty and integrity of their home and to do right by the environment the Hawaii County Council approved a bill to ban plastic bags on the Big Island. The bill barely passed with the 5 minimum votes needed to get the measure in front of the mayor, Billy Kenoi, who in turn waited till the last day possible to sign the bill into law. The bill is similar to bans passed in Kauai and Maui counties and the first phase will go into effect on January 17, 2013.
  • Mukilteo Encourages Sustainability and Reusable Bags

    Washington State is quickly becoming a hotbed for plastic bag bans. The City of Mukilteo, which is about 30 miles north of Seattle, recently passed ordinance number 1294, also known as the Solid Waste and Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance. The City Council voted in the ordinance with a strong 7-0 vote and starting January 1, 2013 retail establishments in Mukilteo will not be able to give customers plastic disposable bags.
  • Act Two of San Francisco's Bag Ban

    It is well known by now that San Francisco was one of the first cities in North America to ban plastic bags. The initial law that went into action in 2007 banned plastic disposable bags from being distributed in large grocery stores and chain pharmacies. The reasoning was ground breaking back in 2007 since the notion of banning plastic bags was still in its infancy, but it was simple enough: plastic bags are not biodegradable so when they are tossed in landfills they just take up space. Furthermore, disposable bags wreak havoc on the ocean, wildlife and their habitats, they clog sewer systems and storm drains, and they have a tendency to end up as litter.

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