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California's Compromise: Bag Ban By 2015?

California lawmakers unveiled a compromise bill last Friday that, if passed, would ban single use bags and impose a tax on bags distributed at the checkout as early as 2015. The bill has been a long time coming, the result of pressure from state representatives and environmental groups alike. According to Charlotte Alter of Time Magazine, the changes brought about by the bill would be enormous. She writes:

Industry Fears Economic Impact of Bag Legislation

Plastic bag bans have been on the rise in America as local governments have begun to respond to consumer concerns about single use plastic. Alongside increasing instances of plastic bag legislation has emerged the voice of the movement's most vocal opposition, the plastic bag industry. An article from the Huffington Post this weekend discusses the recycling industry's opposition to the bag ban trend, and blogger Laura Moss speculates that the reason behind the opposition simply boils down to industry interests.

Chico, CA Pushes for Bag Ban Despite Threat of Lawsuit

Chico county, California is resuming the push for its previously stalled plastic bag ban proposal in the wake of Marin county's victory against the plastics lobby in late June. Chico county's bag ban was put on hold after receiving a threat of lawsuit from the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition – an industry group with an interest in promoting the continued use of plastics.

Los Angeles Becomes Largest City to Ban Plastic Bags

In an unprecedented move for a large city, Los Angeles' city council voted on a bag ban last week, passing the motion 9-1 in favor of requiring stores to phase out plastic bags beginning on January 1st. According to an article by James Nash of Business Week, the legislation voted on by the Los Angeles city council will require companies which make more than $2 million per year or occupy retail space over 10,000 square feet to comply with the ban as of January, while smaller stores would be given until July 1st of 2014 to implement the change.

Sonoma County Supervisors Support Plastic Bag Ban

On Tuesday, the Sonoma county board of supervisors approved an ordinance that would ban plastic bags at the checkout and levy a 10 cent charge for all paper bags distributed to shoppers. According to Brett Wilkison of The Press Democrat, the vote was 4-1 in favor of passing the ordinance, with the sole dissenting vote coming from supervisor David Rabbitt. According to the article:

California Bag Ban Dies in Senate

Despite a number of county and city level plastic bag bans that continue to appear with increasing frequency across the state of California, an effort to pass a bag ban into statewide law has died yet again at the hands of the Senate, KQED reporter Scott Detrow confirms. The recently defeated ban was only the latest manifestation of California's attempts to push a law limiting plastic use through the legislature.

California to Legislators: Stop Bogging Down Bag Bill

California's legislators have a reputation for being environmentally aware and concerned, but Huffington Post blogger and environmental attorney Lisa Kaas Boyle paints a different picture of the supposedly "green" policies California politicians espouse. Boyle writes about a new Senate Bill with a familiar purpose, Senate Bill 405, which is the latest incarnation of the plastic bag ban bill which reappears regularly, and is consistently voted down.

Should America Ban the Plastic Bag?

Plastic bag bans have been the subject of much debate in America recently as a number of states have taken on the challenge of finding solutions to the growing, unsightly problem of plastic pollution. In a thought provoking article featured on the New York Times, correspondent Elizabeth Rosenthal discusses the controversy surrounding banning plastic bags in New York City. For many other cities, such as Seattle, San Francisco, and Dublin, a bag ban or tax was a simple new measure to adapt to. With barely a bag in sight, Rosenthal writes, life goes on.

Finland's Bag Use Dropping

The European Union is still debating the implementation of a plastic bag ban, but that hasn't stopped Finland from starting the process of changing attitudes single use bags, Finnish broadcasting company YLE reports. According to an article published on Monday, Finland has seen a 30% increase in the sales of reusable bags in the past year, alongside a growing general disapproval of single use bags. The article shares the opinions of a few Finnish shoppers, whose strong opinions regarding the use of disposable plastic bags support the spike in reusable bag sales:

Massachusetts Considers Plastic Bag Ban

The state of Massachusetts may be the first state in the United States of America to ban plastic bags if legislation currently being debated is passed, according to a report from NACS Online yesterday. The Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Committee had a hearing on the House and Senate's proposed plastic bag bans during which no members of the plastics lobby came forward to speak out against the two versions of the legislation. According to the article:

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