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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]