California’s Big Win with Bag Ban Is already under Threat

California's Big Win with Bag Ban Is already under Threat
We were bolstered this year as SB 270, California’s bag ban, made its way through the legislature, and landed on Gov. Brown’s desk late last month. As he signed it, he wrote, “This bill is a step in the right direction – it reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks and even the… Read more »

Two Wins in Sacramento for Local, Clean Energy, and California’s Bag Ban!

Two Wins in Sacramento for Local, Clean Energy, and California's Bag Ban!
Two state bills that we’ve been tracking had great victories last week! AB 2145, a bill that would have destroyed Community Choice Energy programs, died without a vote at the close of the legislative session. California also will be the first state in the country to have a statewide plastic bag ban thanks to SB… Read more »

NY Times Covers Bag Bans, Just in Time for Bag Ban Vote in California Legislature

NY Times Covers Bag Bans, Just in Time for Bag Ban Vote in California Legislature
“Is It Time to Bag the Plastic?” reads the headline of a bag ban article in Sunday’s NY Times. The piece provides a snapshot of different plastic bag ordinances across the country. The timing is spot on for us in California –  a statewide bag ban is one week away from a critical vote in… Read more »

Bag Bans and Mandatory Recycling: Big Wins for Zero Waste in Alameda County!

Bag Bans and Mandatory Recycling: Big Wins for Zero Waste in Alameda County!
On Wednesday night, the Alameda County Waste Management Authority adopted two major Zero Waste ordinances that we are thrilled to announce. The first ordinance requires that larger businesses and multi-family properties recycle. The second prohibits the free distribution of single-use plastic bags at stores that sell packaged food. Read Stopwaste.org’s news release for more details:… Read more »

Berkeley Getting Ready to Ban Plastic Bags

Berkeley Getting Ready to Ban Plastic Bags
Berkeley has been poised to ban disposable, single-use plastic bags for a few years now. But the plastics industry has beaten back similar measures in other cities, tying the efforts up in costly lawsuits. And then the plastics industry lobbied hard to kill a statewide bill to ban plastic bags. This time, Berkeley is ready… Read more »