Plastic bag bans are common in Hawaii. All of the counties that make up the archipelago have passed their own plastic bag bans, so the entire state is covered by a series of similar bans. Locals got behind the measure to ban bags in the city and county of Honolulu because they saw plastic bags as marring the natural beauty of their home. Tourism is also such a big part of the local economy that many residents felt there was value to preserving the beauty and pristine conditions of the area. With plastic bag bans in place, the idea was that everyone would switch to reusable grocery bags. That’s not exactly how things happened.
On Wednesday July 12, 2017 the Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance in Tacoma became official. Under this new law, disposable plastic bags are banned and paper bags are available for a 5-cent fee. The law impacts all retail businesses in Tacoma, including grocery stores, convenience stores, department stores, as well as temporary retailers and vendors at farmers markets and festivals.
The state of Pennsylvania has wrestled with plastic bag legislation for several years. As plastic bag bans have increased across the country, it just seemed that Pennsylvania could not seem to pass their own laws around bags. Luckily, that trend continued after the Governor vetoed House Bill 1071. This bill was written to prevent local municipalities from passing laws to regulate bags. This means towns, cities, and counties in Pennsylvania would not have been able to pass plastic bag bans.
For almost a decade it has been illegal for cities and counties in Florida to pass laws regulating disposable plastic bags. Efforts around plastic bag bans have continued to grow throughout the state. South Florida is definitely a hot bed for bag ban support.
Cities, states, and countries are banning or taxing plastic bags at an increased rate and sometimes the viability of these bans is put into question. In the grand scheme of things, plastic shopping bags aren’t new, but they do offer convenience to consumers. Still, convenience is not enough of a reason to continue their use, especially when excellent, eco-friendly alternatives exist.
According to the New York Times, plastic shopping bags were introduced in 1977, and they have had a grip on the environment ever since. Communities and consumers are growing wise to the harm that plastic bags can cause and are turning to reusable options. We have pinpointed 4 of the most pressing questions about plastic bag bans, and answer them below.
We’ve covered how single-use plastic bags harm the environment , but what are the effects of banning plastic bags? Disposable plastic bags are very likely to end up as litter, and can cause a lot of harm to ecosystems and food chains, as well as clogging storm drains, and just being an eyesore. When single-use plastic bags are no longer part of the picture, what does that picture look like?
Officials in Minneapolis began considering a single-use plastic bag ban in May of 2015. The proposal went through several versions. Ultimately, a 5-cent fee was levied on paper bags, and everything was set to go into effect on June 1, 2017. We have been following the plastic bag ban discussion in Minneapolis for a while now, so we were thrilled to see the measure pass. There have been several twists and turns in the saga to implement a plastic bag ban in Minneapolis, and as of right now the ban is on hold.
The Coral Gables plastic bag ban is good news for the environment, and it is also good news for businesses. Disposable plastic bags became popular due to their lightweight construction, but there are a lot of environmental trade offs. These single-use bags are made from nonrenewable resources, they are exceedingly difficult and costly to recycle and are very likely to end up as litter. Plastic bag bans put an end to all of these negative impacts, while also creating an opportunity for your business to help your clients as you promote your brand.
First, know that the bag ban is now in full effect with a one-year implementation program that includes education for retailers and consumers, as well as the opportunity for retailers to use their existing inventory of single-use plastic bags. There seems to be a genuine desire by the city of Coral Gables to help both retailers and consumers become educated and excited about the ban. Retailers are strongly encouraged to educate their employees to promote reusable bags and post signs to educate consumers about the ban.
In an unanimous vote Coral Gables’ Commissioners approved a disposable plastic bag ban. Retailers will have a year to implement the plastic bag ban. After that time violators will be fined. Retailers are allowed to provide reusable compostable or paper bags for free or for a fee at their choosing. Enforcement of the ban and fines are effective immediately for special events.
The passing of this law is positive news for Palm Beach County, Jacksonville Beach and the Florida Keys as all areas in Florida trying to implement bans of their own.
When California passed a disposable plastic bag ban this was big news for the environment. We have told you what your business needs to know about the California bag ban. In can take time, but once shoppers form the habit of bringing their reusable bags to the store bag bans can also help retailers. It is worth noting that the California Grocers Association supports the California bag ban. The positive impact extends to other businesses, too. Here are 3 ways to make the California bag ban work for your brand.