Will California Become the First State to Officially Ban Single Use Plastic Bags?

Will California Become the First State to Officially Ban Single Use Plastic Bags?

There has been a growing movement in California working to ban disposable plastic shopping bags and go reusable for many years now, and while there have been plenty of smaller scale victories, with a total of 62 jurisdictions successfully passed bag bans, California is now on the verge of banning plastic bags at a state level. This is an exciting time for our entire nation – as this statewide ban will start a new chapter in not only the state of California’s quest to eliminate the damaging impact plastic bags have on our environment, but it will propel the rest of the United States toward statewide bag bans as well.

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How to Start A Bag Ban: What You Need to Know About Starting a Bag Ban in Your City

How to Start A Bag Ban: What You Need to Know About Starting a Bag Ban in Your City

Plastic bag bans take a lot of work and planning to become a reality. It can seem like a daunting task at times, but with careful planning, research and dedication you can start a movement and get a single use plastic bag ban on the books in your hometown. Look how many towns all over the world have succeeded in implementing a single use bag ban and if they can do it, you can too!

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Oldest City in U.S. Passes Voluntary Plastic Bag Ban

Oldest City in U.S. Passes Voluntary Plastic Bag Ban

As the oldest continuously inhabited city in the United States, St. Augustine has a long and colorful history. The latest chapter will be about sustainability and environmental responsibility as the St. Augustine city commissioners approved a voluntary plastic bag ban. The bag ban was proposed by a group of students involved with the non-profit called ENACTUS from nearby Flagler College, and the students will be helping to implement the ban too.

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Survey Gauges Impact of Plastic Bag Ban

Survey Gauges Impact of Plastic Bag Ban

In July 2012 plastic bags were banned in the city of Seattle. The law also levies a 5 cent fee on paper bags (stores keep all of the money raised by the bag fee). What sets Seattle’s ban apart from the numerous other cities and counties that have also banned single-use plastic bags is that it forbids disposable plastic bags in all grocery and retail stores, including department, clothing, convenience, and home-improvement stores. Most bans only apply to grocery stores and sometimes pharmacies and restaurants – Seattle’s bag ban is very far reaching.

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How to Start a Plastic Bag Ban in Your Hometown

Identify why you want to start a plastic bag ban and build your campaign around it. Do you want to reduce litter? Save a local waterway? Keep animals and their habitats safe? There are lots of reasons to implement a ban, so you just need to determine what the reason is for your hometown. When you understand the “why” behind the ban, you can create a campaign and explain to everyone from residents and neighbors to businesses and politicians why a ban is a good fit.

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Why Do Single Use Plastic Bag Bans Fail?

Why Do Single Use Plastic Bag Bans Fail?

Single use plastic bag bans make so much sense from an environmental perspective since they reduce use of fossil fuels, reduce the eyesore that is litter, and protect animals and their habitats from stray plastic bags and their pieces that can easily be mistaken for food or entangle an animal, ending its life. Large chains and small local retailers also spend a substantial amount of money of these disposable nuisances, so implementing a ban saves retailers money, and that cost savings should be reflected in their prices. Despite the best of intentions though, sometime

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How to Implement a Single Use Plastic Bag Ban Where You Live

How to Implement a Single Use Plastic Bag Ban Where You Live

Towns can have very different reasons for wanting to implement a plastic bag ban, but the path most towns take to ban bags is strikingly similar. If you are thinking about banning plastic bags in your hometown here are three steps to start the process. Getting a plastic bag ban started requires a lot of work, but the benefits definitely make all of the labor worth it.

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Brookline Bans Disposable Plastic Bags and Styrofoam Food Containers

Brookline Bans Disposable Plastic Bags and Styrofoam Food Containers

Beginning in December 2013 plastic shopping bags will no longer be allowed in Brookline, Massachusetts, a Boston suburb of just over 57,000 people. About 73% of the town meeting members voted in favor of the ban that would prevent supermarkets, some pharmacies, and other larger retail stores from handing out disposable polyethylene bags. Plastic bags that are compostable and marine-degradable will still be allowed since they do not pose a risk to the environment and animals that call the area home. Paper bags are not impacted by the ban. In addition to the plastic bag ban, the town also approved a ban on Styrofoam food containers that is set to take effect at the same time as the bag ban.

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