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‚Äôs 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 […]

Monterey County Bans Thin-Film Plastic Bags

Monterey County Bans Thin-Film Plastic Bags

Monterey County, California, July 29, 2014 (PBBR) – Today, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt an ordinance which will apply to retail establishments in the unincorporated areas of the county. The ordinance will: ban the use of single-use plastic carryout bags, regulate the use of recycled paper bags and, regulate the use […]

Nevada City Plastic Bag Ban Adopted

Nevada City Plastic Bag Ban Adopted

Nevada City, California, June 25, 2014 (PBBR) – After several months of planning and deliberation, the City Council of Nevada City passed a plastic bag ban by unanimous vote. First reported here on March 8 of this year, Nevada City wanted to make sure the ordinance was passed ahead of September 1st in case the […]

Freemantle Becomes “Plastic Bag Free City”

Freemantle Becomes “Plastic Bag Free City”

Freemantle, Western Australia, July 9, 2014 (PBBR) – The Strategic and General Services Committee of Freemantle has voted unanimously to adopt the Plastic Bag Reduction Local Law 2014. The Local Law must still be approved by the State Government. The Local Law was actually drafted and passed in 2012. However, the State Government disallowed the […]

Hastings-on-Hudson Bans Plastic Bags

Hastings-on-Hudson Bans Plastic Bags

Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, June 3, 2014 (PBBR) – Tonight, the Mayor and Board of Trustees of the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York adopted a local law to ban plastic checkout bags. The roll call vote was unanimous for the ban. The local law prohibits all retailers, including restaurants, from providing a plastic carryout bag to […]