Category Archives: Plastic Bags

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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Shopping Bags Solutions: We’ve got your savings in the bag!

WPA Board Member Chandler Hadraba has started a new company that promotes the use of reusable bags.  Read more: SAN FRANCISCO, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — How often do you get to the grocery store checkout, only to realize you’ve … 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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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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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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EU-Wide Proposal to Reduce Lightweight Plastic Bags

While some member states have already developed policies to reduce the use of plastic carryout bags provided at the point of purchase, the EU Commission has submitted a proposal to amend the EU Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste to … Read Full Post

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Initiative Petition Forces Ballot Vote on Issaquah Plastic Bag Ban

The City of Issaquah, Washington passed a plastic bag ban on June 12, 2012. Now, an “initiative petition” seeks to repeal that law. An initiative petition will force the voters of Issaquah to decide if they want the plastic bag … Read Full Post

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Scrap recyclers adopt policy opposing bag bans, fees

A trade group that represents scrap recyclers has come out against efforts to ban or charge fees for recyclable paper and plastic shopping bags.  The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries announced Monday that its board has adopted a policy to … Read Full Post

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