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  • Obama Will Set Aside 5,000 Square Miles Off New England--Ban Commercial Fishing

    09/15/2016 9:44:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 78 replies ^ | 9/15/2016 | Susan Jones
    The State Department is hosting a two-day conference on the world's oceans, beginning today, and it's expected to produce a raft of announcements and initiatives, including new marine protected areas -- one off the coast of New England -- as well as a ban on single-use plastic bags. Ahead of the conference, press reports said President Obama on Thursday will establish the first national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean to permanently protect nearly 5,000 square miles of underwater canyons and mountains off the coast of New England. The White House said the designation will lead to a ban on...
  • Puerto Rico to ban plastic bags through executive order (Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla signs)

    10/30/2015 2:39:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/30/15 | DANICA COTO
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Puerto Rico's governor signed an executive order Friday banning the use of plastic bags across the U.S. territory, defying legislators who just days ago rejected a similar bill. The ban will take effect in mid-2016 and will be preceded by a six-month educational campaign, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said.
  • Sarcastic Definition of the Day: Plastic Bags

    10/09/2015 11:00:30 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 4 replies
    American Irony ^ | 10-9-15 | The Looking Spoon
  • Austin’s Plastic Bag Ban Worse for Environment Than Bags It Outlaws (TX)

    06/16/2015 12:58:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 15, 2015 | 4:10 PM EDT | Emily Richards
    In an effort to protect the environment, Austin,Texas passed an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags in 2013. However, a recent review concludes that AustinÂ’s bag ban has backfired, creating more negative effects on the environment than the plastic bags it outlawed. [Â…] Two years after the bag ban was implemented, the city asked the Austin Resource Recovery group to investigate its effectiveness. Their June 10 report, written by Aaron Waters, states that while the ban was successful in lowering the amount of single-use plastic bags made from high-density polyethylene in city landfills, it was actually worse for the environment overall....
  • Huntington Beach (CA) repeals plastic bag ban

    04/24/2015 9:12:59 AM PDT · by fifedom · 42 replies
    KPCC ^ | 04/21/15 | Erika Aguilar
    After six minutes of discussion, the Huntington Beach City Council voted 6 to 1 on Monday night to allow stores to use plastic carryout bags, taking a step toward reversing a ban that was enacted in 2013.
  • EU seeks to reduce plastic bag usage

    03/03/2015 1:43:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03/02/2015 | das/jil (dpa, AP)
    The 28 EU member states gave their final approval to new rules regarding plastic bags on Monday. Member states are required to reduce the use of flimsy plastic bags by 80 percent by 2025. However, they are given a choice on how to achieve that goal. According to the new rules, EU countries are permitted to introduce extra taxes on plastic bags or even ban single-use plastic bags on a national level.Margrete Auken, a Danish Member of the European Parliament from the Green Party, pushed the new legislation through and called the approval “a historic breakthrough in tackling the pervasive...
  • California’s Plastic-Bag Ban Suspended By Ballot Referendum

    02/24/2015 12:55:17 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | 02/24/2015
    <p>SACRAMENTO (AP) — A trade group has turned in enough signatures to qualify a referendum on California’s plastic bag ban law, suspending implementation of the nation’s first statewide ban until voters weigh in on the November 2016 ballot, state elections officials said Tuesday.</p>
  • California lawmakers pass first US plastic bag ban

    08/30/2014 1:29:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 30, 2014 4:27 AM EDT
    California lawmakers have approved a measure that would make the state the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. SB270 cleared the Senate on a 22-15 vote Friday and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown. It was approved by the Assembly a day earlier. …
  • Those much maligned plastic grocery bags can run your diesel truck or car

    02/13/2014 1:37:08 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 24 replies
    Watts Up with That? ^ | February 12, 2014 | By Diana Yates
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Plastic shopping bags, an abundant source of litter on land and at sea, can be converted into diesel, natural gas and other useful petroleum products, researchers report. The conversion produces significantly more energy than it requires and results in transportation fuels – diesel, for example – that can be blended with existing ultra-low-sulfur diesels and biodiesels. Other products, such as natural gas, naphtha (a solvent), gasoline, waxes and lubricating oils such as engine oil and hydraulic oil also can be obtained from shopping bags. A report of the new study appears in the journal Fuel Processing Technology....
  • EU commission seeks to reduce use of plastic bags

    11/04/2013 1:13:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 11.04.13 @17:13 | Honor Mahony
    The European Commission Monday (4 November) tabled measures to reduce the use of thin plastic bags by 80 percent, with about 710,000 tonnes of them being thrown away each year. Each EU citizen use almost 200 such bags—below 50 microns in thickness—yearly and, for the most part (89 percent of the time), throws them away after just one go. The practice is causing “enormous environmental damage,” said environment commissioner Janez Potocnik. He said the bags are a symbol of our “throwaway” culture, as the bags take hundreds of years to degrade “yet we only use them for a few minutes.”...
  • [Calif.] Walnut Creek councilman works to repeal smoking rules, prevent plastic bag ban

    10/31/2013 6:46:46 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 40 replies
    Contra Costa Times | ^ | 10/31/2013 | Elisabeth Nardi
    WALNUT CREEK -- Citing his oath to uphold the Constitution, Councilman Justin Wedel says Walnut Creek voters, not elected leaders, should decide where people can smoke and whether shoppers can choose paper or plastic. Wedel aims to get two initiatives on the June ballot -- one that would repeal a portion of the city's recently adopted secondhand-smoke ordinance and another to prevent a ban on plastic shopping bags in Walnut Creek. "This is not a smoking or plastic bag issue; this is a government-intrusion-into-our-daily-lives issue," said Wedel, elected to his first term in 2012. "I swore an oath to protect...
  • Plattsmouth man sues Wal-Mart, says overfilled plastic bag led to wife's death

    08/28/2013 5:42:49 PM PDT · by kevcol · 199 replies
    Journal Star ^ | Aug 28, 2013 | Lori Pilger
    A Plattsmouth woman's widower has sued Wal-Mart and the maker of its plastic bags, alleging an overfilled bag given to her at a Bellevue store broke, and, in a strange twist, led to her death. William Freis of Plattsmouth said his wife, Lynette, went grocery shopping April 16, 2010, at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on 15th Street and the cashier gave her one plastic bag for two 42-ounce cans of La Choy and a 2-pound bag of rice. On her way to the car, the bag broke and one of the cans of La Choy fell on her right foot, breaking...
  • Lawmakers Propose Mandatory Fee for Plastic Bags in New York City

    08/20/2013 9:19:30 AM PDT · by kevcol · 7 replies
    New York Observer ^ | Aug 20, 2013 | Jill Colvin and Gideon Resnick
    City Councilmembers and advocates announced a plan today to slap a 10 cent charge on all plastic and paper carry-out bags at grocery and retail stores across New York City. Customers would be required to bring their own bags or pay the fee, which stores would get to pocket, according to the proposed legislation, unveiled this afternoon at City Hall.
  • Plastic bag ban leads to nationwide increase in shoplifting rates

    07/25/2013 3:17:41 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/24/2013 | Unattributed
    On Friday, New Jersey Democratic operative James Devine was arrested for attempting to snatch $22 worth of merchandise from a local ShopRite pharmacy. Devine tried to smuggle lettuce, shampoo and protein powder out of the store, perhaps trying to hide the fact that he was about to make the world’s most disgusting salad. To avoid detection, he stashed the goods in a reusable grocery bag. What seems to be just another edition of Democrats doing dumb deeds actually represents a nationwide problem. Thanks to laws in several major cities banning the use of plastic carryout bags in retail stores, there...
  • Montgomery County considers banning plastic bags

    03/20/2013 3:30:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/20/2013 | Kate Jacobson
    The Montgomery County Council is considering an outright ban on plastic bags. Council members are scheduled to hear a review of the county's bag tax, which was implemented in January 2012. As part of that review, a council committee will discuss whether to ban plastic bags, ban both plastic and paper bags, increase the tax or leave it alone. The bag tax brought in about $2.3 million last year for 57.6 million bags, according to the Department of Finance. The benefit to banning plastic bags, according to council staff, would be to effectively force shoppers to use reusable bags, and...
  • Store owners say plastic bag ban causes more shoplifting

    02/28/2013 1:50:46 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 51 replies ^ | Thursday, February 28, 2013 | Casey McNerthney
    When the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a ban on plastic bags and required businesses to charge a nickel for paper bags, city leaders believed it would be better all around. "I think we've gotten to a place where it's really going to work for the environment, businesses and the community in general," Councilman Mike O'Brien said at the time. But the bag ban is contributing to thousands of dollars in losses for at least one Seattle grocery store, and questions have been raised about the risk of food-borne illness from reusable bags that shoppers don't often wash.
  • Grocery Bag Bans and Foodborne Illness [ER admissions and deaths up by 25% since plastic bag ban]

    01/24/2013 6:31:52 PM PST · by grundle · 50 replies ^ | November 2, 2012 | Jonathan Klick and Joshua D. Wright
    Abstract: Recently, many jurisdictions have implemented bans or imposed taxes upon plastic grocery bags on environmental grounds. San Francisco County was the first major US jurisdiction to enact such a regulation, implementing a ban in 2007. There is evidence, however, that reusable grocery bags, a common substitute for plastic bags, contain potentially harmful bacteria. We examine emergency room admissions related to these bacteria in the wake of the San Francisco ban. We find that ER visits spiked when the ban went into effect. Relative to other counties, ER admissions increase by at least one fourth, and deaths exhibit a similar...
  • Assembly Democrat wants grocery store ban on plastic bags [California]

    01/22/2013 10:27:56 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 48 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | Kevin Yamamura
    Assemblyman Marc Levine announced today he will revive a proposal banning all single-use plastic bags in California grocery stores. Under the proposal, most grocery retailers could no longer provide thin plastic bags for customers starting in 2015. For 18 months, retailers could offer paper bags made of recycled materials or reusable plastic bags for customers to bag their milk, eggs and other groceries. Starting in July 2016, grocery retailers could only provide reusable plastic bags, which many stores already offer at a fee. The new proposal, Assembly Bill 158, also leaves room for stores to provide recycled paper bags at...
  • Stores would pass cost of ban or fee on plastic bags to customers

    08/27/2012 5:41:38 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 24 replies ^ | August 27, 2012
    The cost of a ban or fee on plastic bags in New Jersey would most likely be passed on to customers, representatives from Bergen County grocery stores said. The state legislature is weighing a number of bills limiting the use of plastic bags, including a proposal by Assemblyman John McKeon (D-Essex, Morris) that would impose a ban in 2017. Some stores, like Whole Foods, have already banned plastic bags. The grocery chain, which operates three stores in Bergen County, hasn't had plastic bags since 2006, Michael Sinatra, a spokesman for the company, said.
  • State [CA] muscles grocers over plastic bags

    08/25/2012 10:06:37 AM PDT · by kevcol · 19 replies
    Cal Watchdog ^ | Aug 21, 2012 | Katy Grimes
    The plastic bag activists are at it again, and they are nothing, if not persistent. With the eleventh bill regulating plastic bags in less than 10 years, grocery stores don’t have a chance in California. Passed today by the Assembly, SB 1219, the latest plastic bag regulation bill, by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, will require grocery stores to implement, manage, and report on the “At-Store Recycling Program” to the Cal Recycle state agency. . . “This bill is a really, really bad idea,” Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia, said on the Assembly floor during debate Tuesday. “Plastics manufacturers are leaving the...
  • Memo to greens: Maybe grocery bags should be disposable for a reason

    08/18/2012 7:17:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | August 17, 2012 | ERIKA JOHNSON
    From the Property and Environment Research Center, here’s a thought-provoking little vid about why we should all think a little more deeply about the unintended consequences of even our best intentions before we push for government fiat to make them a reality. The environmental movement in particular tends to be a big fan of forcing society to comply with what they deem to be virtuous behavior via government crackdown. The EPA is constantly justifying it’s many regulations by claiming that they’re only safeguarding the public’s health and welfare — for instance, that the costs of their clean-air regulations are trumped...
  • You could be holding more than groceries in that reusable shopping bag

    07/01/2012 9:06:12 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 47 replies ^ | June 30, 2012 | Kim Shepard
    As Seattle's ban on plastic grocery bags goes into effect on Sunday July 1, some shoppers may not realize that they need to wash their reusable grocery bags or risk contamination with harmful bacteria. "I'm very careful about what I put in the bag, but I'm not good about washing the bag," says one Seattle shopper. That could be a problem for that Seattle shopper, as she and more than half a million others transition to using only reusable bags for their regular trips to the grocery store. A 2010 outbreak of norovirus in a group of young soccer players...
  • An Open Letter to Bottom Dollar Foods

    06/16/2012 2:46:47 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 34 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | June 14, 2012 | Daniel Clark
    An Open Letter to Bottom Dollar Foods by Daniel Clark When Bottom Dollar Foods arrived in Pittsburgh, it immediately became my favorite grocery store. A discount supermarket that carries name brand items in addition to its store brands, it has also got reasonably-priced meats and excellent produce. Disappointingly, my shopping days at Bottom Dollar may be numbered, however, if my recent experience there turns out to be the start of a trend. As I was about to check out, I noticed that the 5-cent plastic shopping bags that normally hang near the registers were missing. The cashier informed me that...
  • Ban on plastic bags at L.A. markets is approved

    05/23/2012 4:04:44 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 42 replies
    LATimes Blog ^ | May 23, 2012 | LA Times Blog
    Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation Wednesday to approve a ban on plastic bags at supermarket checkout lines, handing a major victory to clean-water advocates who sought to reduce the amount of trash clogging landfills, the region’s waterways and the ocean. Egged on by actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and an array of environmental groups, the City Council voted 13 to 1 to phase out plastic bags over the next 12 months at an estimated 7,500 stores. Councilman Bernard Parks cast the lone no vote.
  • LA City Council Approves Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags

    05/23/2012 2:44:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    CBS) ^ | May 23, 2012 12:51 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday approved a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags across the city. The ban was approved 13-1 and will affect 7,500 grocery stores in the city. Large retailers will have six months to phase out the bags, while small retailers would have one year. Paper bags would also cost customers 10 cents. City Councilman Eric Garcetti, who recently announced his candidacy for the mayor of L.A., told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO less than 5 percent of the bags used across the city ever reach a recycling bin. "Tese plastic bags clog our...
  • San Francisco expands plastic-bag ban

    02/10/2012 11:12:35 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | February 8, 2012 | AP Staff
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Shoppers in San Francisco will have to pay 10 cents per bag and more retailers are now banned from handing out plastic bags under a proposal approved Tuesday by the city's Board of Supervisors. San Francisco already bans large grocery stores and chain pharmacies from using plastic bags, which are blamed for clogging landfills and waterways. The proposal extends that ban to restaurants and to gift shops, hardware stores, boutiques and other retailers.
  • Farewell, plastic bags? You’ll have a lot of company

    12/19/2011 8:43:54 AM PST · by freespirited · 75 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 12/18/11 | Vanessa Ho
    With the Seattle City Council expected to vote on a plastic bag ban Monday, is it time to bid farewell to something Seattleites use 292 million of a year? The bill would banish single-use, carryout bags in not just grocery stores, but department stores, clothing stores, liquor stores, drug stores and home improvement stores. Customers would be able to buy paper bags from retailers for 5 cents each. Customers on food assistance would be exempted from that charge. With seven of nine council members sponsoring the bill – and support from environmental and grocery-store groups – the future doesn’t look...
  • Mayor pushing to ban plastic bags at Austin stores

    07/24/2011 11:50:58 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 52 replies ^ | 25 July 2011 | Sarah Coppola
    Austin retailers and grocery stores could no longer offer plastic bags at checkout counters under a ban Mayor Lee Leffingwell and two other City Council members will propose today . The ban would be phased in gradually, though it's not clear when it would start. Leffingwell said Sunday that plastic bags pollute waterways, harm wildlife, clog drainage systems and take up landfill space, where they don't biodegrade. A January report from the city's Solid Waste Services Department said Austinites use 263 million plastic bags a year, and the bags cost the city $850,000 a year to put in landfills and...
  • California Supreme Court rules in fight over plastic shopping bags

    07/14/2011 12:43:48 PM PDT · by SmithL · 35 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/14/11 | Denny Walsh
    Anti-plastic-bag forces got a boost today when the California Supreme Court ruled that an environmental impact report is not necessary before a city or county bans the use of plastic shopping bags. The decision strikes down rulings by trial and appellate courts in Los Angeles in the legal fight over an ordinance enacted in 2008 by the south coastal city of Manhattan Beach banning "point-of-sale plastic carry-out bags." Both courts said the city had to prepare an EIR before implementing its ban. "We disagree," a unanimous Supreme Court stated.
  • Los Angeles County Has Banned Plastic Bags, Levied 10 Cent Tax On Paper (as a model for Kalifornia)

    11/17/2010 9:09:37 AM PST · by WebFocus · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 11/17/2010 | Gus Lubin
    Los Angeles County passed a major ban last night on plastic bags, according to the LA Times. Beginning in July, 67 large supermarkets and pharmacies will stop providing plastic. By 2012, the ban will cover 1,000 local stores. They will also charge a 10-cent surcharge for paper bags. Although the ban will affect only the unincorporated areas outside L.A., it's seen as a model for the rest of the California -- as will be the lawsuit that might follow. Outside of California this idea seems years away at best. But it could only help local businesses, which wouldn't have to...
  • Texas: Fee to use plastic bags after ban in Brownsville

    09/12/2010 11:01:43 AM PDT · by dragnet2 · 67 replies
    Under new changes to the ban on plastic bags in Brownsville, shoppers will be charged an extra dollar for every transaction in which they use plastic bags after the ban goes into effect. Starting January 5, the use of plastic bags will be banned inside the Brownsville city limits in effort to go green. "We want to have a beautiful city,” Commissioner Edward Camarillo said. “We want to make sure that we take care of the environment." The surcharge would be handed out by the stores.
  • California bill to ban plastic bags fails

    09/01/2010 9:50:20 AM PDT · by MissTed · 93 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/1/10 | Wire Staff
    Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- California's Senate has voted down a measure that would have banned plastic bags at grocery stores. The new ban was rejected by a 21 to 14 vote late Tuesday. The ban would have included grocery stores, convenience stores and drugstores. The California Assembly passed the legislation in June. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had said he would have signed the measure into law, the Los Angeles Times reported. Environmental groups such as the Sierra Club encouraged Californians to contact their state senators to push for the measure. The group Heal the Bay produced what it calls a...
  • Calif. rejects ban on plastic shopping bags

    09/01/2010 2:47:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 9/1/2010 | Robin Hindery
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers have rejected a bill seeking to ban plastic shopping bags after a contentious debate over whether the state was going too far in trying to regulate personal choice. The Democratic bill, which failed late Tuesday, would have been the first statewide ban, although a few California cities already prohibit their use.
  • Assembly bill would ban free bags at California grocery stores

    06/27/2010 12:14:26 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 76 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 06/26/2010 | Jim SanderS
    Paper or plastic? Soon the answer may be neither. California would become the first state to ban grocery, liquor and drug stores from providing free paper or plastic bags under legislation pushed by Democrats and supported by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The goal is to fight litter and lighten the load on landfills by getting shoppers to use reusable fabric bags. Those who don't could buy paper bags for a nickel or more. "I think the proliferation of plastic bags is unnecessary, and it's a pollutant, an urban tumbleweed," Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, D-Santa Monica, said of the lightweight bags that...
  • Calif. moves to ban plastic bags at grocery stores

    06/02/2010 5:38:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 77 replies · 1,125+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 2, 2010
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- It could soon cost California shoppers at the checkout aisle if they forget to bring their own bags to the grocery store. Legislation passed Wednesday by the California Assembly would prohibit grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores and convenience stores from giving out plastic bags.
  • D.C. First to Impose Fee to Use Disposable Plastic, Paper Bags

    01/03/2010 9:44:15 PM PST · by FromLori · 33 replies · 866+ views
    ABC ^ | January 1, 2010 | DEVIN DWYER
    Starting today, the District of Columbia becomes the first major city in the nation to impose a surcharge on disposable paper and plastic bags commonly used at grocery and retail stores everywhere. Customers who tote their food or liquor purchases home in the ubiquitous bags will now be required to pay 5 cents for each one they use. The fees will go to a fund for cleaning up the city's Anacostia River. "I signed this law in July to cut down on the disposable bags that foul our waterways," D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty said last month. "We want everyone to...
  • Ban Bags, Get Sick

    10/14/2009 7:59:52 AM PDT · by CWCoop · 18 replies · 804+ views
    Exclusive to FR | 10/14/09 | James Broussard
    <p>Most everyone supports a clean environment.  But many environmentalists fail to recognize the need for balance.</p> <p>One of the latest examples of environmental extremism is the campaign to punish or even ban the use of plastic bags.   The Philadelphia City Council has turned down a proposal to ban plastic bags, but proponents promise to try again.  A bill pending before the state legislature would outlaw plastic bags statewide.</p>
  • San Jose council votes to ban most plastic and paper bags beginning in 2011

    09/22/2009 10:45:11 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 45 replies · 1,234+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 22 September 2009 | Tracy Seipel
    San Jose council votes to ban most plastic and paper bags beginning in 2011 The San Jose City Council on Tuesday voted to make the city the largest in the nation to ban most plastic and paper shopping bags — and took steps to bring other Santa Clara County cities along with them. Although the ban approved Tuesday won't take effect until 2011 — and still must go through an environmental impact study that will require the council's final signoff — it's a major new front in the war on plastic bags, which environmentalists say foul waterways, clog landfills and...
  • U.N. environment chief urges global ban on plastic bags

    06/08/2009 8:52:50 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 80 replies · 2,789+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 6/8/09 | Grace Chung
    WASHINGTON — Single-use plastic bags, a staple of American life, have got to go, the United Nations' top environmental official said Monday. Although recycling bags is on the rise in the United States, an estimated 90 billion thin bags a year, most used to handle produce and groceries, go unrecycled. They were the second most common form of litter after cigarette butts at the 2008 International Coastal Cleanup Day sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy, a marine environmental group. "Single use plastic bags which choke marine life, should be banned or phased out rapidly everywhere. There is simply zero justification for...
  • Enviros, plastic industry ready to battle over bag fee (Seattle)

    04/01/2009 1:05:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies · 806+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | April 1, 2009 | Chris Grigiel
    Can the "Greens" compete against some serious green -- as in cash?On Aug. 18 Seattle voters will decide whether they want to impose a 20 cent-per-bag fee on plastic and paper grocery bags sold in the city. Backers say the fee will help the environment. Industry opponents say it is expensive and unnecessary.Those supporting the bag fee are counting on Seattle's green-friendly electorate. If recent history is any guide, opponents will be counting on vastly superior monetary resources.The Coalition to Stop The Seattle Bag Tax -- a group funded largely by the American Chemistry Council -- had raised nearly...

    Megyn, a few weeks ago I heard you talking on America’s Newsroom when you voiced genuine surprise that people are choosing to use reusable clothe bags over plastic bags when shopping. My guess is, that if you knew the consequences of our “use a plastic bag for 10 minutes & then throw it away” mentality that you’d be at the head of line encouraging people to dump the plastic bags and begin using alternatives. It is clear that you are smart & savvy enough to know using plastic bags is so yesterday! [...]To see the consequences of what this means...
  • All plastic bags banned in Delhi

    01/16/2009 2:33:59 AM PST · by managusta · 16 replies · 905+ views
    The Times of India ^ | Jan.16th. 2009 | Neha Lalchandri
    | New Delhi: If you are still carrying groceries or vegetables from the market in plastic bags or using them to dispose of your garbage, you run the risk of a jail term or fine, or both. An indulgent official machinery may give you time to find alternatives but the ban was put in place last Saturday and covers all shopping areas and big eating joints, hotels and hospitals. The notification is silent on the earlier rider that bags with thickness of 40 microns and more will be allowed. Since it’s difficult to measure thickness on the spot, the government...
  • Foam Food Container Ban Proposed in California

    11/25/2008 1:07:27 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 23 replies · 767+ views
    GreenBiz ^ | November 25, 2008
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- A proposed strategy for reducing ocean litter calls for a statewide ban on foam food containers, fees for using plastic and paper bags, and making producers responsible for the collection and disposal of packaging. The California Ocean Protection Council announced its plans (PDF [319KB]) earlier this month and voted on actions for preventing and reducing waste that could end up in the ocean. The state council also aims to change producer and consumer behavior with its three recommendations for reducing packaging waste: adopting extended producer responsibility, prohibiting certain items and charging fees for items that commonly become...
  • Green crusaders want to rid Boise(ID) of plastic shopping bags (Barf)

    09/29/2008 9:22:44 AM PDT · by Domandred · 13 replies · 472+ views
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 9/29/08 | Anna Webb
    As San Francisco goes, so goes Boise. That's not something you hear too often, but you will, if Corey Godfrey and his fellow anti-plastic shopping bag crusaders - newly christened "B.Y.O.B.B.," or "Bring Your Own Bags, Boise" - have their way. The small grassroots group met for the first time Sunday afternoon at Veterans Park to strategize ways to make Boise disposable shopping bag-free. San Francisco was among the first cities to adopt such a ban in 2007. Some countries have banned the bags, which have earned ignominious nicknames around the world, like "white pollution" in China. Dressed in Bronco...
  • Free grocery bags targeted for extinction in California

    08/25/2008 2:36:41 AM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies · 198+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/25/8 | Jim Downing
    The plastic grocery bag is fighting for its crinkly life.From the city of San Francisco to Los Angeles County, more than a dozen local governments around the state have proposed or passed plastic-bag restrictions, ranging from recycling mandates to outright bans.Now, a proposal in the Legislature would put a 25-cent fee on all disposable bags – paper or plastic – given out at drug and grocery store check stands starting Jan. 1, 2010. It has won key support from the grocery and retail industries and faces its next legislative step today. Those in favor of the fee, led by Assemblyman...
  • Seattle officials propose 20-cent grocery-bag fee (Jan 1, if city council approves)

    05/04/2008 5:12:17 PM PDT · by Stoat · 113 replies · 115+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | April 3, 2008 | Sharon Pian Chan
    (edit)   Nickels and City Council President Richard Conlin proposed a 20-cent "green fee" Wednesday on all disposable bags to encourage customers to carry their milk and eggs home in their own bags. Forget the canvas sacks at home? Shoppers at grocery, convenience and drug stores will pay the price starting Jan. 1, if the City Council approves. A family buying six bags of groceries a week would spend $62.40 a year in bag fees. The city will issue one free reusable shopping bag to each household."The answer to the question 'Paper or plastic?' should be 'Neither,' " Nickels...
  • Plastic Bags Evil? Think Again, Some Scientists Say [bad science leading to bad decisions...]

    03/08/2008 1:48:05 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 53 replies · 888+ views
    Plastic Bags Evil? Think Again, Some Scientists Say Saturday , March 08, 2008 Scientists and environmentalists have attacked a global campaign to ban plastic bags that they say is based on flawed science and exaggerated claims. The widely stated accusation that the bags kill 100,000 animals and a million seabirds every year are false, experts have told The Times of London. They pose only a minimal threat to most marine species, including seals, whales, dolphins and seabirds. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced last month that he would force supermarkets to charge for the bags, saying that they were “one...
  • Series of blunders turned the plastic bag into global villain (Enviros misread(?) report)

    03/08/2008 3:11:32 AM PST · by Stoat · 19 replies · 996+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | March 8, 2008 | Alexi Mostrous
    March 8, 2008     Series of blunders turned the plastic bag into global villain   Alexi Mostrous   Scientists and environmentalists have attacked a global campaign to ban plastic bags which they say is based on flawed science and exaggerated claims. The widely stated accusation that the bags kill 100,000 animals and a million seabirds every year are false, experts have told The Times. They pose only a minimal threat to most marine species, including seals, whales, dolphins and seabirds. Gordon Brown announced last month that he would force supermarkets to charge for the bags, saying that they...
  • Plastic Bags Could Be A Thing Of The Past

    01/26/2008 11:53:56 AM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 134 replies · 164+ views
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | January 25, 2008 | By Tiffany Crawford
    Eradicating those unsightly plastic bags that hang in trees and clog landfills may not be in the bag just yet but the idea is reaching a fever pitch in Canada and around the world. On Tuesday, Whole Foods Market, the world's largest natural-food retailer, announced it would stop giving out disposable plastic bags at the checkout counters. All of the retailer's 270 U.S., Canadian and U.K. stores aim to be free of bags by Earth Day on April 22 of this year. And earlier this month China launched a countrywide ban barring shop owners to hand out single-use bags. Slowly...