Category Archives: Legislation

California plastic bag ban heads to Jerry Brown

California lawmakers narrowly approved a sweeping plastic bag ban Friday, leaving Gov. Jerry Brown to decide the fate of the controversial bill in an election year.  The ban, the subject of years of debate, was one of the most heavily … Read Full Post

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FTC warns American Plastic Lumber on its post-consumer content claim

A California-based plastic lumber company is settling charges that it allegedly made deceptive claims about the amount of post-consumer material in its products, the Federal Trade Commission said.  American Plastic Lumber Inc. of Shingle Springs, Calif., allegedly implied in advertising … Read Full Post

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EU committee pushing for big reduction in plastic bag use

The European Parliament’s influential environment committee has backed proposed changes to the European Union (EU) packaging and packaging waste directive designed to reduce the use of lightweight plastic carrier bags.  Members of the European Parliament on the committee agreed that … Read Full Post

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Becoming a Bagless Lady in Los Angeles

Limiting the number of plastic bags that can litter the landscape or clog the oceans is a worthy goal, but laws that begin with good intentions often have unintended consequences.  Consider what’s unfolding in Los Angeles. On Jan. 1, the … Read Full Post

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WPA March Energy Meeting

Why You Need to Attend the WPA Energy Meeting March 18  “Clean energy” resources – including energy efficiency, demand response, distributed generation, and renewable energy – what do they mean to your industry and ultimately, to your bottom line?  More … Read Full Post

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Lawmakers unveil new plan to ban plastic grocery bags in California

  Disposable plastic bags would be banned from grocery checkout stands in California and consumers would pay at least a dime for a paper or a sturdier, reusable plastic bag a under a compromise proposal negotiated by key legislators.  An … Read Full Post

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Ontario’s EPR plan hangs in the balance

The fate of a waste reduction bill in Ontario is up in the air, with municipalities rallying around the measure and conservative members of the provincial legislature opposing it as a “job killer.”  Under the proposed bill, which would repeal … Read Full Post

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Dart drops opposition to New York City foam bill

Dart Container Corp. is backing off its opposition to a measure that could ultimately ban polystyrene in New York City because of a potential recycling compromise.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed banning the material from food service facilities in the city, … Read Full Post

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After Los Angeles’ plastic bag ban, success and confusion

A rack of cream-colored canvas bags greeted shoppers Thursday at the checkout line at North Hollywood’s Fresh & Easy, a reminder of the city’s new plastic bag ban. Shoppers could use their own bag, buy a canvas sack or plunk … Read Full Post

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CalRecycle lacks funds to analyze plastic-film data

The California agency in charge of overseeing a state law requiring retailers to collect plastic bags and film for recycling says it has no funds to properly track the impact of the law. Despite the abundance of raw data available … Read Full Post

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