Why Ban Plastic Bags?

Why Ban Plastic Bags?

While being interviewed by a journalist in Africa, I was asked the question, “Why ban plastic bags?” It was a very good question. I proceeded to explain briefly the following ten reasons why I feel plastic bags should be extinct across the world. I also stated that plastic bags are a great invention. Concurrently, they […]

EU Sets New Rules to Regulate Plastic Bags

EU Sets New Rules to Regulate Plastic Bags

Brussels, Belgium, December 17, 2014 – Meeting in Brussels today, the Council of the European Union reached a political agreement on a draft directive to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic bags. In a new set of rules, the Council intends to limit the negative environmental impact of litter from plastic carrier bags. Plastic carrier […]

Long Island’s East End Gaines 2 New Bans

Long Island’s East End Gaines 2 New Bans

The East End of Long Island has been talking plastic bag bans for quite awhile. Recently, two more towns passed plastic bag legislation. The towns of Southampton and East Hampton adopted plastic bag bans in December of last year. Both bans will take effect in 2015. Read the full story by Erica Cirino: Two Long […]

Provincetown, Cape Cod’s 1st Town To Regulate Bags

Provincetown, Cape Cod’s 1st Town To Regulate Bags

Provincetown, MA, Oct. 27, 2014 (PBBR) – Cape Cod’s first plastic bag regulations were passed today in Provincetown. At Special Town Meeting, Article 8, General Bylaw Amendment/Plastic Bag Reduction was passed and will take effect April 15, 2015. A new section will be added to the town’s bylaws which will be known as Provincetown Single-Use […]

SB 270: A Businessman’s Perspective

SB 270: A Businessman’s Perspective

Businessman Gary Ray of Black Diamond Games in Concord, CA gives his perspective of SB 270, California’s new state-wide plastic bag ban. Here is a re-print of his story, by his permission, that he published on his blog. Although his business doesn’t fall under the state’s new law, Gary still is an environmentalist. I felt […]

NEWSFLASH: SB 270 Passed on Reconsideration

NEWSFLASH: SB 270 Passed on Reconsideration

California Assembly Passes Statewide Plastic Bag Ban SACRAMENTO, California, August 28, 2014 (ENS) – The California State Assembly today voted 44-29 to phase out plastic shopping bags across the state. The legislation now advances to the State Senate where it is expected to come up for a vote before the legislature adjourns on August 31. […]

Fort Collins Enacts Disposable Bag Fee

Fort Collins Enacts Disposable Bag Fee

Fort Collins, Colorado, Aug. 20, 2014 (PBBR) – The Fort Collins City Council on Tuesday night approved a disposable bag ordinance that requires retailers across the community to charge customers a minimum 5-cent fee on single-use plastic and paper bags. As part of the efforts to contribute to the community’s goals for waste reduction and […]

U.S. Plastic Bag Bans Now 178 and Counting

U.S. Plastic Bag Bans Now 178 and Counting

Columbus, Georgia, August 1, 2014 (PBBR) – As of this writing, there are now 178 jurisdictions across the U.S. that have adopted some type of plastic bag regulation. And, there are at least two dozen more that are considering some type of legislation. In California, many cities are trying to get an ordinance adopted before […]

Gonzales, CA Adopts Reusable Bag Regulation

Gonzales, CA Adopts Reusable Bag Regulation

Gonzales, California, July 7, 2014 (PBBR) – The City Council of Gonzales passed an ordinance today that prohibits any retail establishment from giving a customer a single-use carryout bag for the purpose of transporting purchases away from the premises. A retailer may make available for sale to a customer either a recycled content paper bag […]

Evanston, Illinois Bans Plastic Bags

Evanston, Illinois Bans Plastic Bags

Evanston, Illinois, July 28, 2014 (PBBR) – The City Council of the City of Evanston voted tonight to ban plastic bags at large retail stores within the city. Evanston is a suburb of the City of Chicago and home to Northwestern University. Set to take effect August 1, 2015, the ordinance will only affect Evanston […]