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  • San Francisco Bans Everything

    08/02/2018 6:53:29 PM PDT · by OddLane · 45 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | August 2, 2018 | Daniel Greenfield
    Here are a few things that are effectively legal in San Francisco: drugs, public defecation and shoplifting. And here are some of the things that are banned or will be banned in the City by the Bay. Straws. Fur coats. Bottled water. Eating at work. Vaping liquids. Upholstered furniture. Plastic bags. Pet stores. Electric scooters. Coffee cups and packing peanuts. Tropical fish. The McDonald’s Happy Meal. If you can think of something, San Francisco has already banned it. Or will be banning it soon. North Korea with a tech industry and some leftover Victorian architecture (which it’s banning tour buses...
  • Texas Supreme Court decides cities cannot ban plastic bags

    06/22/2018 2:00:49 PM PDT · by bgill · 15 replies
    cbsaustin ^ | June 22, 2018 | cbsaustin
    The Texas Supreme Court has ruled against the city of Laredo's ban on plastic bags, and Austin's could be next. The Laredo Merchants Association brought a lawsuit against the city arguing that a state law on solid waste overrides the ban. Laredo passed the ordinance in 2014 banning plastic bags to cut down on the amount of waste in landfills and city streets. The city tried to argue that the bags did not fall under the definition of what the state considers a "container or package," but the Supreme Court decided it did. The Supreme Court ruled that the appeals...
  • New York moves to ban plastic bags

    04/24/2018 1:29:11 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 84 replies
    pix11.com ^ | April 23, 2018 | Aliza Chasan
    Governor Andrew Cuomo plans to ban single-use plastic bags, though he previously blocked a 2017 plan to charge New York City shoppers 5-cents for paper and plastic bags at stores. He introduced a bill Monday that would ban plastic carryout bags from any point of sale in the state. Garment bags, trash bags and bags used to wrap food such as fruit and sliced meats would be exempt from the bill. If passed, it would go into effect on New Year's Day of 2019.
  • Editorial: Plastic bag ban hurts many

    04/07/2018 4:13:46 AM PDT · by calvincaspian · 71 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 04-07-2018 | Herald Staff
    In recent weeks, more towns have joined the more than 60 Massachusetts communities that have municipal taxes or bans on single-use plastic shopping bags. On Beacon Hill, a plastic bag ban bill is slowly working its way through the legislative process. Advocates of the bans point to multitudes of the discarded bags strewn about on city streets, in trees, storm drains and in the oceans, where they threaten fish and birds. They talk about the bags being made from dirty crude oil. Progressive elected officials in cities and towns will always vote for laws and ordinances that provide the euphoric...
  • Cuomo considering statewide ban on plastic bags

    03/06/2018 5:36:39 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 52 replies
    Gov. Cuomo said he’s considering backing a statewide ban on plastic bags to help curb unnecessary trash — a day after Mayor de Blasio proposed such a restriction for New York City. “It’s clear that we need to address the real environmental concerns caused by the proliferation of plastic ‎bags, and a ban is one of the options we’re reviewing,” Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi said. Not so fast, said one influential state lawmaker. “The first step is that they should enforce what’s on the books,” said Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), who led a successful fight against the city imposing a...
  • Good Monday Moanin’

    02/26/2018 7:00:48 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 2-26-18 | MOTUS
    The Detroit Free Press once had a columnist by the name of Bob Talbert. He wasn’t a deep thinker but he was deeply beloved for his down home (he originally hailed from South Carolina) take on things and his humor – back when writers for that rag were still allowed to be apolitical and funny. Bob Talbert: Detroit Free Press columnist 1968-1999At one time he wrote 7 days a week, but at the time of his premature death in 1999 his column was a must-read Monday thru Friday and the first column of the workweek was dubbed Monday Moanin’ Out...
  • Boston City Council passes citywide plastic bag ban

    11/30/2017 8:11:07 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies
    Boston Business Journal ^ | November 29, 2017 | By David L. Harris
    The Boston City Council on Wednesday unanimously passed an ordinance that would seek to reduce the number of single-use plastic bags used at retail stores and other businesses throughout the city. Mayor Martin Walsh, who must still sign the bill into law, is currently reviewing the proposal, a spokeswoman said.
  • 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
    cnsnews.com ^ | 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 | mercurynews.com ^ | 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.