Statewide Bag Ban is in the Works

Statewide Bag Ban is in the Works

State Bill 405 introduced at the state legislature this last week would follow the lead of many local governments in banning single use plastic bags. A statewide ban would benefit our marine ecosystems, which all flow together into the ocean. Plastic bags contribute significantly to pollution of local waterways, and to the cost of maintaining… Read more »

CALPIRG Launches Statewide Bag Ban Campaign

CALPIRG Launches Statewide Bag Ban Campaign

After a victory earlier this year with the successful passing of a county-wide bag ban, organizers at CALPIRG are focusing their efforts on a statewide campaign. The Ecology Center’s Executive Director, Martin Bourque, was at the press conference announcing the campaign, which is focusing on the impact the twelve billion bags used annually in California… Read more »

Report Shows Plastic Bag Recycling Not Keeping Up with Generation and Disposal

Report Shows Plastic Bag Recycling Not Keeping Up with Generation and Disposal

Californians Against Waste posted an article earlier this month that reports plastic bag recycling in 2009 and 2010 was less than 5% of the total amount of plastic bags generated. Even as recycling efforts have grown, overall production of plastic bags far outpaces those efforts. Worse still, plastic bags are a drain on the resources… Read more »

The Good Stuff, Solutions in a Podcast from Story of Stuff!

The Good Stuff, Solutions in a Podcast from Story of Stuff!

Our friends at the Story of Stuff have launched a new podcast! The Good Stuff is a monthly dose of inspiration, stories of change-makers and their solutions. And, right on time for Alameda County’s recent approval of a plastic bag ban, the first podcast is all about ditching plastic bags. Check it out:
http://www.storyofstuff.org/2012/01/22/take-that-plastic-bags/
If… Read more »

CA Supreme Court Upholds Local Plastic Bag Bans!

CA Supreme Court Upholds Local Plastic Bag Bans!

The California Supreme Court today ruled that the City of Manhattan Beach can enforce a local ordinance banning plastic bags in that city.
The ruling ends a challenge funded by plastic bag manufacturers and paves the way for local governments throughout California to move immediately to adopt ordinances banning plastic bags.
“This is an important… Read more »