Plastic Bag Bans

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  • Stores Impose Their Own Bag Bans

    Many stores have decided to make an impact and charge for disposable bags or ban plastic bags altogether. Many of these policies are in response to environmental issues or the increasing number of bans being implemented across the country. Whatever the reason, when stores charge a fee or ban disposable bags the purpose is to encourage the use of sustainable eco-friendly bags.
  • Sioux Lookout's Failed Bag Ban

    In an unprecedented turn of events, Sioux Lookout, in Ontario, Canada has rescinded the bag ban put into place in September 2010. A town bylaw implemented the ban on single use plastic bags which were not to be sold or given away within the town. The plan was structured with a 1 year phase-in period to allow residents to get use to an existence free of disposable bags. During the phase-in period warnings were issued to anyone violating the law, but after that period fines would be charged to those selling or giving away disposable plastic bags.
  • Students Promote Reusable Grocery Bags

    Students from the small New York state town of Sleepy Hollow have some big plans. A group of middle school students in the Environmental Action Club have started a grassroots campaign to ban plastic bags in their hometown. They got the idea from the neighboring city of Rye which recently put a bag ban in place and from the movie 'Bag It,' a documentary about the environmental effect of plastic bags. Their efforts have attracted the attention of the mayor, Drew Fixell, who paid the club a visit to discuss the pros and cons of such a ban and what
  • A Global Look at Plastic Bag Bans

    Over the last several years cities across the United States have contemplated and/or put bans on plastic bags into motion. Those who support the bans cite the environmental impacts. Plastic bags cannot safely break down; they sit in landfills because even though most are recyclable people just do not properly dispose of them. Some supporters lean on the health issues at stake: bags that sit in landfills take up space and collect rain water, which creates ideal conditions for mosquitos to lay eggs. Mosquitos can carry harmful and deadly diseases, such as West Nile, malaria, and dengue. Banning bags is intended to start off a chain reaction.
  • Austin Embraces Reusable Shopping Bags

    Several cities across the United States are weighing the pros and cons of banning plastic disposable bags. Austin, Texas is another city on the constantly growing list working to implement such a ban. The Austin Resource Recovery, the department handling the transition, has been working diligently drafting and redrafting the bill to make sure they get it right. As with other cities that have passed similar bans there is resistance and opposition, but the authorities of Austin have allowed the community to join the conversation and give feedback via public forums.
  • Seattle Bans Plastic Bags and Supports Reusable Bags

    On December 19, 2011 the Seattle City Council passed a ban on plastic bags, and a short time later the mayor of Seattle, Mike McGinn, signed this bill into law. Banning plastic bags is quickly gaining momentum and similar bans have been put into place in San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR, and Brownsville, TX.
  • #EcoWed: Plastic bag bans worldwide round up

    So we hear that 25% of the world now bans plastic bags. With plastic bags as one of the major factors that threaten our environment, we wanted to highlight some places allover the world working to end the plastic bag pandemic and making the switch to reusable grocery bags.

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