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The science and comedy of Kirkland’s proposed bag ban

2015-01-22Kirkland Reporter – “Borderline comical.” As members of the Kirkland City council consider banning plastic grocery bags, they should keep those words in mind. More »

‘Surf City’ First in Nation to Repeal Plastic Bag Ban

2015-01-22Breitbart – On Tuesday night, 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. More »

Dallas officials fight confusion over bag ordinance

2015-01-20WFAA – We definitely hit a nerve when one of our producers posted a video on Facebook about confusion over Dallas' new ordinance on disposable bags. More »

New councilman targets H.B. plastic bag ban for repeal

2015-01-14Huntington Beach Independent – A newly elected Huntington Beach City Council member is looking to remove one of the most highly debated city ordinances of the past five years. More »

Governor-elect Abbott wants to end local ban on plastic bags

2015-01-09My FOX Austin – Governor-elect Greg Abbott won't be sworn in for another week and a half but already he's proposing sweeping changes to the way local government passes laws. More »

Statement from the American Progressive Bag Alliance on Submission of Signatures for Referedum

2014-12-29 – The American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA) issued the following update from Executive Director Lee Califf on the signature gathering effort to qualify a referendum against SB 270. More »

Retailers gear up to fight plastic-bag fee

2014-11-17Crains New York – In advance of a City Council hearing Wednesday on a proposed 10-cent fee on plastic and paper shopping bags, opponents of the bill are conducting a tour Tuesday of small businesses in Brooklyn that they claim would be hurt by it. More »

NYC Should Abandon Regressive Bag Tax, Join SPI, APBA to Fight Litter

2014-11-07In the Hopper – Given the sky-high cost of living in New York, among the highest in the country, the average consumer doesn’t have a lot of money to spare. This is particularly true in the outer boroughs, which are home to some of the poorest congressional districts in the country. So it’s disappointing that the Big Apple is the latest metropolis to contemplate misguided legislation to tax plastic grocery bags in an attempt to address litter.
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Citizens Group Pushes City Council to Repeal Disposable Shopping Bag Fee

2014-10-24Fight the Plastic Bag Ban – On 21 October 2014, the Fort Collins, Colorado City Council repealed the disposable bag ordinance which would have imposed a 5-cent fee for each disposable paper or plastic bag distributed by retailers in the city beginning on April 1, 2015. More »

Reason Foundation shows how plastic bag ban hurts California’s economy

2014-10-21Plastics Today – According to Reason Foundation, opponents' claims that a ban on plastic bags will benefit the environment just "don't stand up to scrutiny." Instead, said the commentary by Lance Christensen, director of the pension reform project at Reason Foundation: "the ban is likely to do more harm than good both to the environment and to people's pocketbooks."
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Learn the Facts

  • Plastic bags provide a cleaner, safer option at the grocery store. Many reusable bags contain high levels of lead; microbiologists have found harmful bacteria like E. coli, salmonella and fecal coliform in reusable bags. More »
  • Plastic bag bans and taxes have an impact on more than 30,000 American families who make their living directly from plastic bag manufacturing and recycling, as well as the thousands more who are indirectly employed. More »
  • Plastic bags are recycled into building materials such as backyard decking, fencing and playground equipment. More »