Plastic Bag Ban Locations
Understanding the Need for Reusable Bags
Why are more and more cities and states beginning to ban plastic bags? One-time use plastic bags are causing destruction throughout the world. These non-biodegradable bags are responsible for unsightly litter, flooding, the degradation of soil, creating an unnecessary expense, wasting petroleum (a non-renewable resource) and natural gas, and causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of animals a year.
- Globally, ~500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed per year – Over 1 million bags per minute
- Millions of sea animals die from plastic bags and other waste each year
- Retail businesses spend about $4 billion each year on plastic bags
- Only 8% of the total plastic waste generated in the US in 2010 was recycled
- The United Nations Environment Program estimates 46,000 pieces of plastic litter floating in every square mile of ocean
- Americans throw away about 1 billion plastic bags a year, equivalent to dumping ~12 million barrels of oil
The drawbacks of disposable plastic bags far outweigh the advantages and cities, counties, states and even countries all over the world are looking for solutions to their plastic bag problems.
Tracking the Plastic Bag Ban Progress – Interactive Map
Our interactive Plastic Bag Ban Map offers breaking news and current information, making it easy to examine and scrutinize the always changing, varied and wide-ranging solutions municipalities and governments put into action to resolve the same problem – how to address the abundance of plastic shopping bags.
Click on the color-coded pins to find out why various locations prohibit plastic bags, uncover where efforts were unsuccessful and discover the path some locations have taken to put a tax or fee in place on disposable bags. Check out our list of U.S. cities that have banned plastic bags or implemented fees.
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