Over the past 3 years both national and state governments in the US and Canada have adopted plastic-bans and new sustainable requirements. In recent years, eight states in the US have banned single use plastic bags California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, New York, Oregon and Vermont. Of the eight, this year, both Maine and Oregon have enacted extended producer fee
As more states, counties and cities ban plastic bags, DS Smith, a supplier of sustainable packaging solutions, is now offering grocery stores and consumers Greentote, what DS Smith calls the first reusable, moisture-resistant, modular, 100% recyclable container made from renewable resources.
DICK’S Sporting Goods has announced two actions to help eliminate single-use plastic bags: a commitment to remove all single-use point-of-sale plastic bags from its stores by 2025 and a partnership with Closed Loop Partners’ Center for the Circular Economy.
Maine and New York State have delayed plastic bag bans in response to concerns about the covid-19 pandemic. Lawmakers are trying to balance the legislation with emergency responses.
The UK health and beauty chain Boots says it will ban plastic bags from its stores by 2020, a move that will save 40 million plastic bags a year, according to the retailer. Plastic will be replaced with brown paper bags, and customers will be charged for their use. Profits ... Read more »
Small retailers in the UK may soon be subject to the same plastic bag charge that large retailers must pay; the UK government has launched an eight-week consultation to explore the possibility of extending the existing plastic bag charge of 5 pence (7 cents) to all retailers, and to consider increasing the charge to 10 pence.
The Kroger Co. will start a plastic bag ban across all of its stores by 2025, beginning with Seattle-based QFC stores; those will transition away from single-use plastic bags is expected to be completed in 2019. The company says it will eventually move to reusable totes, which the company sells, ... Read more »
Okay, put on your thinking caps: 1.2 billion pounds plastic bags and wrap was recovered for recycling in 2015. That's 34 million more pounds than in 2014 and a 3% rise, which is the 11th year in a row that this number has jumped.
New York City’s 5-cent disposal bag fee is dead, at least until 2018, now that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that blocks the city’s tax on single-use plastic and paper bags.
A fee on single-use plastic and paper bags has been scrapped by New York state lawmakers, who voted to halt the New York city 5-cent bag tax indefinitely.
Plastic bag manufactures have raised $6.1 million to overturn California’s plastic bag ban, while its supporters including Albertsons Safeway and the California Grocers Association have raised about $1.4 million. In November, California voters will decide if they want to repeal the law — the first statewide ban on single use plastic ... Read more »
The New York State Senate voted yesterday to block plastic bag fees, such as the 5-cent fee on disposal shopping bags approved last month by the New York City Council. The bill (S7336), sponsored by Sen. Simcha Felder (D, Brooklyn), would prohibit taxes, fees or local charges on carry-out merchandise ... Read more »