Tompkins County, NY Considers Plastic Bag Ban

Tompkins County, NY Considers Plastic Bag Ban

Ithaca, New York, July 1, 2013 (PBBR) – The Tompkins County Legislature is considering adopting a local ordinance prohibiting retailers from giving plastic bags to customers at checkout. According to Wikipedia, Tompkins County comprises the entire Ithaca, NY Metropolitan Area with some 101,000 residents. It is also home to Cornell University. Today, the Tompkins County […]

Microbes Colonize a New Marine Ecosystem: The ‘Plastisphere’

Microbes Colonize a New Marine Ecosystem: The ‘Plastisphere’

WOODS HOLE, Massachusetts, June 30, 2013 (ENS) – Multitudes of microbes are colonizing bits of plastic that have polluted the oceans – a vast new human-made flotilla of microbial communities that marine scientists have dubbed the “plastisphere.” Complex communities of microbes exist on plastic bits hardly bigger than the head of a pin, and they […]

Copperas Cove, Texas Researching Plastic Bag Ban

Copperas Cove, Texas Researching Plastic Bag Ban

Copperas Cove, Texas, Sept. 30, 2012 (PBBR) – The City of Copperas Cove, Texas is doing research into implementing a plastic bag ban. If passed, the small central Texas city of just over 30,000 citizens, would join other Texas municipalities with plastic bag regulations. Austin, TX passed a ban on paper and plastic bags on […]

Wales’ Single-Use Bag Levy Both Effective and Popular

Wales’ Single-Use Bag Levy Both Effective and Popular

Huge Reductions in Single-Use Carrier Bags Cardiff, Wales, Sept. 24, 2012 – (PBBR)- The use of single-use carrier bags has been drastically reduced in Wales after the government implemented a five-pence levy last October 1st. All retailers are required to levy the fee for any bag, paper or plastic, distributed to the customer. In a […]

San Mateo County Reusable Bag Ordinance Final EIR

San Mateo County Reusable Bag Ordinance Final EIR

EIR Required for Bag Ordinance Menlo Park, California, Sept. 7, 2012 (PBBR) – San Mateo County, California has been considering regulating disposable single-use bags for several months. The County has partnered with Menlo Park and several other municipalities to produce an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). See a complete listing of all cities participating with San […]

Bulgaria Hikes Ecotax on Plastic Bags

Bulgaria Hikes Ecotax on Plastic Bags

Bulgaria Raises Plastic Bag Tax | Plastic Bag Ban Report SOFIA, Bulgaria, June 20, 2012 (ENS) – The government of Bulgaria will impose an ecotax on the production of all kinds of plastic bags from October 1 in a new attempt to curb their use. On June 13, the Cabinet of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov […]

Toronto City Council to Rethink Plastic Bag Fee

Toronto City Council to Rethink Plastic Bag Fee

Toronto Mayor Objects to Five-Cent Plastic Bag Fee | Plastic Bag Ban Report TORONTO, Ontario, Canada, May 17, 2012 (ENS) – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his Executive Committee have voted to trash the city’s five-cent plastic bag fee effective July 1. Following the 6-1 vote on Monday, the full Toronto City Council will consider […]

Awash in Plastic Bags, Ho Chi Minh City Tries a Tax

Awash in Plastic Bags, Ho Chi Minh City Tries a Tax

60 Metric Tonnes of Plastic Bags Every Day | Plastic Bag Ban Report HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, May 1, 2012 (ENS) – The Department of Natural Resources and Environment in Vietnam’s largest city has again proposed banning free carry-out plastic bags. The nine million people in Ho Chi Minh City throw away 60 metric […]

Odessa, Texas Still Considering Plastic Bag Ban

Odessa, Texas Still Considering Plastic Bag Ban

Ordinance Tabled for further study March 20, 2012 – The City of Odessa, Texas had been planning to outlaw all single-use carry-out bags. ¬†However, the proposal was not adopted by City Council. ¬†The Odessa City Council discussed the proposed municipal ordinance to ban plastic bags at its regular meeting on February 28th. Council members decided […]