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Lawmakers File Competing Bills As Columbia’s Plastic Bag Debate Heats Up
/ February 25, 2015 3:20 pm

Lawmakers File Competing Bills As Columbia’s Plastic Bag Debate Heats Up

Two Missouri legislators have joined the conversation by proposing contrasting bills that reflect a tug-of-war between environmental protection and consumer choice

‘SURF CITY’ FIRST IN NATION TO REPEAL PLASTIC BAG BAN
/ February 9, 2015 4:08 pm

‘SURF CITY’ FIRST IN NATION TO REPEAL PLASTIC BAG BAN

On January 20th, on an overwhelming 6-1 vote, the city council of Huntington Beach, California–which is officially known as “Surf City, USA“–directed the city staff to begin the process of repealing a policy that bans the use of plastic grocery bags, and requires grocery stores to charge a ten-cent fee on paper bags.

Out of State Plastic Bag Maker – Spends $3,000,000 in attempt to thwart California Law
/ October 6, 2014 11:52 am

Out of State Plastic Bag Maker – Spends $3,000,000 in attempt to thwart California Law

The plastic bag industry, lead by South Carolina based Hilex Poly is at it again, this time spending an estimated $3 million to find the 500,000 signatures needed to stall California’s Bag Ban Law.  Hilex Poly has a long record of spending big money on lawyers, litigation and lobbyists, so this tactic is no surprise. In 2007, shortly after San

Will Governor Brown Evict Plastic Bags for Good?
/ September 9, 2014 10:48 am

Will Governor Brown Evict Plastic Bags for Good?

Governor Brown has promised he will sign a statewide plastic bag ban into law. The bill, SB 270, will phase out such bags in grocery stores and pharmacies beginning July 2015, and in convenience stores one year later.

Microbeads Creating Major Problems
/ July 16, 2014 12:17 pm

Microbeads Creating Major Problems

An estimated millions of tons of plastic debris float in the world’s oceans, creating urban islands of waste reminiscent of landfills. However, in a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, samples were collected at 141 ocean sites, and a new estimate was obtained: 7,000 to 35,000 tons. Although this is a smaller -and by association