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 […]

San Rafael Adopts Plastic Bag Ban

San Rafael Adopts Plastic Bag Ban

San Rafael, California, March 3, 2014 (PBBR) – The City Council of the city of San Rafael, California adopted an ordinance regulating single-use carryout bags at the Council’s regular meeting today. The ordinance prohibits merchants from providing single-use plastic bags to customers and places a mandatory ten cents charge on recyclable paper bags that are […]

Voters in Newport, Oregon Reject Plastic Bag Ban

Voters in Newport, Oregon Reject Plastic Bag Ban

NEWPORT, Oregon, May 28, 2013 (ENS) – Voters in the Oregon coast city of Newport have defeated a ballot measure that would have forbidden retail stores to distribute single-use plastic bags and required them to charge a fee for paper bags. The Paper & Plastic Bag Use Regulation measure was narrowly defeated on the May […]

Mamaroneck Split on Plastic Bag Ban

Mamaroneck Split on Plastic Bag Ban

MAMARONECK, New York, April 27, 2013 (ENS) – A ban on plastic bags went into effect March 31 in the Village of Mamaroneck, a suburb of New York City on Long Island Sound. The new law, passed in August 2012 by the Board of Trustees, forbids retailers to hand out single-use plastic bags at checkout. […]

U.S. Nationwide Plastic Bag Fee Bill Announced

U.S. Nationwide Plastic Bag Fee Bill Announced

Washington, D.C., April 22, 2013 (PBBR) – U.S. Representative Jim Moran, a Democrat from Northern Virginia, announced a bill entitled, “Trash Reduction Act” of 2013. The bill was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives on Earth Day. See update: National Disposable Bag Tax in Congress The Trash Reduction Act would impose a five-cent fee […]

Harbor Commissioners Pass Plastic Bag Resolution

Harbor Commissioners Pass Plastic Bag Resolution

Port of Hueneme, Calif., April 12, 2013 – A plastic bag resolution was passed on Monday by the Board of Harbor Commissioners of the Oxnard Harbor District. The Commissioners urge the restriction of single-use plastic bags. Resolution No. 1106 reads: A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF HARBOR COMMISSIONERS OF THE OXNARD HARBOR DISTRICT ENCOURAGING ALL […]

Italy Clarifies Plastic Bag Law, Enforcement Starts in May

Italy Clarifies Plastic Bag Law, Enforcement Starts in May

ROME, Italy, April 5, 2013 (ENS) – A year after passing a nationwide plastic bag ban, the Italian government has identified the technical characteristics of plastic bags that can legally be used in a decree published in the Official Journal in March. Environment Minister Corrado Clini and Economic Development Minister Corrado Passera signed the interministerial […]

Got Your Bags – Florida Keys

Got Your Bags – Florida Keys

Written by Leigh Anne Schuler Florida Keys, Dec. 18, 2012 – “Got Your Bags?” Florida Keys is a coalition of residents, businesses, organizations, and local government dedicated to the reduction and voluntary elimination of single use plastic bags. The group formed together during the summer of 2012 to raise awareness of the dangers of plastic […]

Dozens of Bay Area Cities Expand Plastic Bag Bans

Dozens of Bay Area Cities Expand Plastic Bag Bans

PALO ALTO, California, December 8, 2012 (ENS) – The City of Palo Alto is in the process of expanding its existing ban on single-use plastic bags at large grocery stores to all retail stores and food service establishments. The high-tech, high income San Francisco Bay Area peninsula city of 65,000 that hosts Stanford University hopes […]

City of West Hollywood Bans Plastic Bags

City of West Hollywood Bans Plastic Bags

WEST HOLLYWOOD, California, August 10, 2012 (ENS) – The West Hollywood City Council has approved an ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags at the point of sale in all retail stores in the city, aside from farmers markets, restaurants, and dry cleaners. The ordinance is based on Los Angeles County’s existing ban and is consistent […]