Northern Ireland Reduces Carrier Bag Usage by 72%

Northern Ireland, Aug. 27, 2014 – The Department of the Environment of Northern Ireland today published the first set of Carrier Bag Levy statistics. The figures show a marked decrease of almost 72%, which equates to a reduction of around 215 million bags. Mark H Durkan, speaking during a visit to Gormley’s Centra, Claudy, said: […]

Californians Against Waste on Passing SB 270

Sacramento – Legislators in California sent a clear message to the plastics industry tonight when the State Senate passed SB 270 with a 22-15 vote to ban single-use plastic grocery bags. Environmental groups and local government advocates have overcome fierce lobbying by single-use bag manufacturers, intensified in the last few months of session, to reach […]

Napa, CA to Host Meetings on Plastic Bag Ban

Napa, CA to Host Meetings on Plastic Bag Ban

Napa, California, May 12, 2014 (PBBR) – The City of Napa is working towards implementing a plastic bag ban with the intent of reducing plastic bag pollution. The City Council plans to have the first reading of the “Single Use Bag Reduction Ordinance” in June. The new law will be phased in over the next […]

SB 270 Wrong Answer For Cali Plastic Bag Bans

SB 270 Wrong Answer For Cali Plastic Bag Bans

Compromise Plastic Bag Bill Sacramento, California, March 6, 2014 (PBBR) – Six weeks ago, on January 24th, three California Senators and the CEO of a plastic bag manufacturer hastily threw together a press conference for a big announcement. Just a few months earlier, two of the Senators were at odds with the third Senator and […]

Walnut Creek Seeks to Prohibit Single-Use Bags

Walnut Creek Seeks to Prohibit Single-Use Bags

Walnut Creek, California. February 12, 2014 (PBBR) – The city of Walnut Creek, located in the San Francisco Bay area, is considering banning single-use bags, both plastic and regular paper bags. On the front page of the city’s website, citizens are asked to share their thoughts about the ordinance by taking an online survey. Two […]

Olympia, WA Approves Plastic Bag Ban

Olympia, WA Approves Plastic Bag Ban

Olympia, WA, October 8, 2013 (PBBR) – The City of Olympia, Washington has approved a plastic bag ordinance to take effect on July 1, 2014.  Olympia becomes the 11th jurisdiction in the State of Washington to adopt plastic bag regulations: ten municipalities and one county. Olympia is home to the Washington State Capital and is […]

Santa Fe, NM Bans Plastic Bags

Santa Fe, NM Bans Plastic Bags

Oldest Capital in the U.S. Santa Fe, NM, August 27, 2013 (PBBR) – The City Council of Santa Fe, New Mexico, the oldest capital in the United States, tonight voted 7-1 to approve the Single-Use Bag Ordinance. The issue of plastic bags has been discussed for several years. The idea was first brought up by […]

Santa Fe, NM Committee Approves Reusable Bag Ordinance

Santa Fe, NM Committee Approves Reusable Bag Ordinance

Santa Fe, NM, May 14, 2013 (PBBR) – The City of Santa Fe’s City Business and Quality of Life Committee (CBQL) held its regular meeting today. One of the items on the Agenda: “Review and Possible Action of Single Use Carry-Out Bag Ordinance – Discussion Draft”. A subcommittee, the Grocery Bag Task Force, spent a […]

Oregon Bill to Regulate Single-Use Checkout Bags

Oregon Bill to Regulate Single-Use Checkout Bags

Salem, OR, April 20, 2013 (PBBR) – Oregon Senate Bill 113 seeks to regulate single-use checkout bags in the state of Oregon. If the bill becomes law, it will: Prohibit all retailers from distributing any type of single-use bag (paper or plastic) to a customer Prohibit local governments from imposing a fee on checkout bags […]

Arkansas Bill To Ban Single-Use Bags

Arkansas Bill To Ban Single-Use Bags

Little Rock, Arkansas, April 20, 2013 (PBBR) – Arkansas State Representative Denny Altes has introduced a bill into the Arkansas General Assembly to ban single-use plastic bags in food stores. The bill, to be known as the “Reusable Shopping Bag Act”, will prohibit a store from providing single-use shopping bags to customers. Neither plastic bags […]

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