Initiate A Plastic Bag Ban

Initiate A Plastic Bag Ban

“Initiate A Plastic Bag Ban” is an environmental guidebook for starting a plastic bag ban in your hometown. Easy to read, the book chapters include: “Problems with Plastic Bags”, “Elements of an Ordinance”, “Getting City Hall’s Attention”, and “Resources” that will help in your campaign. Initiate A Plastic Bag Ban is written by Ted Duboise, […]

Portland, ME Adopts Fee on Carryout Bags

Portland, ME Adopts Fee on Carryout Bags

Portland, Maine, June 16, 2014 (PBBR) – The City Council of Portland today voted to adopt an ordinance that places a five cents fee on single-use carryout bags. The fee will be collected on both paper and plastic disposable bags. Portland has become the first city in the state of Maine to regulate plastic bags. […]

Chicago Adopts Plastic Bag Ban

Chicago Adopts Plastic Bag Ban

Chicago, Illinois, April 30, 2014 (PBBR) – The City Council of the City of Chicago today voted to adopt a ban on plastic shopping bags. The ban will go into effect in August, 2015. The plastic bag prohibition affects all large stores in the city. Large stores means any store over 10,000 square feet. During […]

Boulder, CO Bag Fee Gets Results

Boulder, CO Bag Fee Gets Results

Boulder, Colorado, March 10, 2014 (PBBR) – On July 1st of last year, the City of Boulder, Colorado enacted a charge of ten cents for each disposable bag that a customer requested at checkout. The charge applies to both plastic bags or paper bags and is in effect only at “food stores”. Today, Jamie Harkins, […]

City of Baltimore Considers Retail Bag Fee

City of Baltimore Considers Retail Bag Fee

Baltimore, Maryland, January 25, 2014 (PBBR) – The City Council of Baltimore will consider legislation to place a surcharge on plastic and paper bags at the Council meeting on January 27. If passed, the City will join other major U.S. cities with “fee only” plastic bag regulations such as Washington, DC, Breckenridge, Colorado and Montgomery […]

Pete Grande, Command Packaging Make smarterbags™Available Locally

Pete Grande, Command Packaging Make smarterbags™Available Locally

smarterbags™ Available at Local Grocers Los Angeles, CA (January 9, 2014) – Command Packaging, a US manufacturer of reusable shopping and restaurant bags, today announced a new partnership with Bunzl Distribution USA to bring smarterbags™ – bag ban compliant reusable plastic bags – to grocers in areas where bag bans have eliminated ultra-thin plastic t-shirt […]

Ehrlich Pushes Mass. Bill for Biobased Plastic Bags

Ehrlich Pushes Mass. Bill for Biobased Plastic Bags

Boston, MA, Nov. 8, 2013 (PBBR) – In April of this year, Massachusetts State Rep. Lori Ehrlich introduced a bill in the Massachusetts state legislature to regulate carryout bags. If the bill becomes law, plastic bags wouldn’t be banned but they would have to meet criteria established by the law. Bill H. 696 is a […]

Morgan Hill, CA Regulates Plastic Bags

Morgan Hill, CA Regulates Plastic Bags

Morgan Hill, CA, October 2, 2013 (PBBR) – The City Council of Morgan Hill, California adopted a plastic bag ordinance that will take effect on Earth Day 2014.  That ordinance bans plastic carryout bags and places a ten cents fee on permitted carryout bags.  All retailers in Morgan Hill will be affected, not just grocery […]

Tumwater Plastic Bag Ordinance

Tumwater, WA, September 17, 2013 (PBBR) – The City Council of Tumwater voted tonight to approve a plastic bag ordinance banning the use of plastic bags by all retailers at checkout.  The ordinance is a model of the ordinance drafted by Thurston County where Tumwater is located. Terri Thomas, Education and Outreach Specialist with Thurston […]

Thurston County, Washington Plastic Bag Ban

Thurston County, WA, Sept. 24, 2013 (PBBR) – The Thurston County Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance today that will ban the use of most plastic carryout bags in unincorporated Thurston County starting July 1 next year. Commissioners voted to approve the ban after a public hearing on the legislation. “You know, we’ve been grappling with […]

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