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Plastic Bag Ban Pitts Manufacturers Against Grocers

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 »

New York State Moves to Block Plastic Bag Fees

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 »

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Plastic Bag Manufacturers File Second California Bag Ban Ballot Measure

Plastic bag manufacturers have filed a second ballot initiative related to the California plastic bag ban. In February, the American Progressive Bag Alliance’s ballot measure to repeal California Senate Bill 270 — legislation passed in 2014 to ban plastic retail bags and allow grocers to charge and keep 10 cents … Read more »

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Voters to Decide California Plastic Bag Ban’s Fate

A ballot measure to repeal California’s plastic bag ban has qualified for the ballot. This also means the law — that bans plastic retail bags and allows grocers to charge and keep 10 cents for each recycled paper, reusable plastic or compostable bags provided to their customers — is suspended until … Read more »

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Plastic Bag Ban On Hold

Plastic bag manufacturers and other opponents of California’s single-use plastic bag ban have submitted what they say are enough signatures for a referendum on the ban, essentially putting the law on hold. In October 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the statewide law — the first in the US — that institutes … Read more »

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Manufacturers Begin Process to Overturn California’s Plastic Bag Ban

Plastic bag manufacturers can now begin collecting signatures for a vote to overturn California’s ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, the Associated Press reports. Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the statewide law — the first in the US — that institutes a plastic bag ban beginning in 2015 for … Read more »

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Calif. Approves Plastic Bag Ban

A bill to ban single-use plastic bags in California now heads to the governor’s desk, following the passage of the bill in both houses of the state legislature. The California senate voted to approve the ban, Senate Bill 270, by a 22-15 vote on Friday. The bill, once signed into law … Read more »

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Grocers Support Plastic Bag Ban

The California Grocers Association, along with other business, labor and environmental groups, has voiced its support for a ban on single-use plastic bags at all supermarkets, convenience stores and liquor stores in California, Supermarket News reports. A similar proposal fell short by three votes last year in the state senate. … Read more »

Policy and Enforcement: Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

The Environmental Defense Fund, the American Lung Association and others have filed a brief urging the Supreme Court to revive the EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. The groups are saying that to uphold a lower court’s nullification of the major 2011 pollution rule would prevent regulators from ever tackling unhealthy … Read more »

Los Angeles Set to Ban Plastic Bags

Los Angeles is set to ban plastic grocery bags, making it the largest US city to prohibit single-use plastic bags at supermarkets, pharmacies, convenience stores and retail chains that sell food such as Target and Walmart. The Los Angeles City Council voted 11-1 on Tuesday to adopt the ban, giving … Read more »