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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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NYC Targets Zero Waste to Landfill by 2030

New York City has announced a plan to reduce its waste disposal by 90 percent by 2030 and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, both compared to 2005 levels. The environmental goals are part of mayor Bill de Blasio’s OneNYC plan to improve the city’s social, economic … 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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FTC Biodegradable Claim Smackdown Continues

The Federal Trade Commission has sent letters warning 15 marketers of “oxodegradable” plastic waste bags that their eco-claims may be deceptive. The FTC hasn’t released the names of the 15 companies. Most waste bags are intended to be deposited in landfills, where not enough oxygen likely exists for oxodegradable bags … 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 »

Queen’s Speech Highlights Climate Goals

In her speech yesterday at the state opening of Parliament, the Queen identified zero-carbon homes, a plastic bag fee and other environmental policy goals for the UK government. The Queen’s Speech sets the legislative agenda for the year. Included in this is legislation to “enable all new homes to be … Read more »

Plastics Bag Recycling Eyed

Axion Consulting, a UK-based waste processing consultancy, says it is now technically feasible and economically viable to begin the large-scale collection of low grade plastic films for conversion into fuels and other recycled products. Economic factors, and handling and sorting challenges, has resulted in plastic film recycling still being in … 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 »

Plastic Bag Bans ‘Hurt the Environment,’ Study Says

Plastic Bag Bans ‘Hurt the Environment,’ Study Says

Plastic bag bans don’t decrease costs for cities and hurt the environment, according to a study from the National Center for Policy Analysis. Do Bans on Plastic Grocery Bags Save Cities Money? says the bans force consumers to use paper bags and reusable bags, which use more energy, resources, produce … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EPA Adaptation Plans, Chemical Safety, Water Heaters

The EPA has released 17 climate change adaptation implementation plans for its various regions and offices – such as the Office of Water, and the Office of Air and Radiation – to provide more detail about how the agency will meet the priorities it set out in its draft Climate Adaptation … Read more »