From California to Colorado – Here’s the Latest News on Bag Bans

From California to Colorado – Here’s the Latest News on Bag Bans

There are a lot of people working every day to ban single use plastic bags in their hometowns and communities. Their reasons may differ, but concern for the environment is usually a common theme. This week for What’s In the News Wednesday, we’ve rounded up several locations that have either expanded their disposable bag ban (congratulations, West Hollywood!) or are working to implement their own ordinance.

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What’s in the News Wednesday – The Latest on Bag Bans in the United States

What’s in the News Wednesday – The Latest on Bag Bans in the United States

Latest News on Bag Bans

There are so many cities, counties and even countries that have implemented bans on single use plastic bags. To help track this movement we’ve put together an interactive map that highlights areas with bag bans, places where officials attempted to pass a ban with no luck and cities that have laws levying a fee on disposable shopping bags. If you haven’t had a chance – check it out! Here are some new locations that recently popped up on our map.

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Will Chicago Become Next City to Implement a Plastic Bag Ban?

Will Chicago Become Next City to Implement a Plastic Bag Ban?

Chicago has had an ongoing discussion about disposable plastic bags for quite a while now. It all started back in October of 2011 when a plastic bag ban was suggested. The State of Illinois made headlines last summer when their Governor attempted to pass radical pro plastic bag legislation in response to the suggested ban. After a lot of hard work, the proposal the Governor had supported did not pass, and while nothing is final, it looks like Chicago is closer than ever to banning disposable plastic bags throughout the city.

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Reusable Bags Better Option for Environment Than Recycling

Reusable Bags Better Option for Environment Than Recycling

In a wonderful letter to the editor, Randy Moorman, Community Campaigns Manager at Eco-Cycle in Boulder, recently broke down why reusable bags are in fact a better decision than recycling single use plastic bags and we loved it. Moorman clearly poses counter arguments to a guest commentary piece that ran in a Boulder newspaper and we wanted to share his thoughts.

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Another Wasted Opportunity for the Environment and Reusable Bags

Another Wasted Opportunity for the Environment and Reusable Bags

The Queensland government decided against issuing a plastic bag ban despite the support for a ban and the negative impact plastic bags have taken on the area. Environment Minister Andrew Powell explained that the government would not introduce any measures that would increase the cost of living for people in Queensland, such as a bag fee.

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