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Deceiving California: Replacing One Plastic Bag With… Another Plastic Bag

2014-08-14FlashReport – With only three weeks left in the 2014 legislative session and hundreds of bills yet to review, we can’t expect state legislators and staff fully vet, evaluate, and get a clear understanding of every bill that comes up for a vote. This is the time of the year, when deceptive and special interest language gets inserted into bills that inevitably come to bite the consumer for years to come.
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Worse & Worser: California’s plastic bag ban bill

2014-08-13Victoria Taft – KPAM-AM radio host Victoria Taft says Senator Alex Padilla's alterations to SB 270 are getting more and more absurd. More »

Plastic Bag Alliance Not Clowning Around on Job Loss, Cost and ‘Hypocrisy’ of SB 270

2014-08-13FlashReport – Saddling consumers into paying extra for plastic bags at the grocery store is becoming an wildly unpopular idea. Facing formidable opposition because of the thousands of jobs which will be lost, Senate Bill 270 by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacioma, is not just about the extra cost to shoppers anymore. More »

SB 270 is Irresponsible and Misleading Public Policy

2014-08-12Fox & Hounds Daily – While SB 270 (Padilla) supporters continue to champion this terrible bill, the fact of the matter is that it is nothing more than a billion dollar handout to the California Grocers Association (CGA) and its members. If implemented, SB 270, which proposes to ban California-made plastic retail bags and hit consumers with big fees on other bags, would hurt the environment, kill California manufacturing jobs and cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
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Reason could be taking center stage in the plastic bag ban debate

2014-08-11PlasticsToday – We in the plastics industry see way too many headlines about plastic bag bans throughout the United States. So imagine how surprised I was when I read this article in Time magazine's Aug. 5 edition online: "Your Whole Foods Tote Could be More Harmful Than a Plastic Bag."
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Is There Any Benefit to Plastic Bag Bans?

2014-08-11National Center for Policy Analysis – Julian Morris of the Reason Foundation debunks some of the myths surrounding the plastic bag. While advocates of plastic bag bans would have you believe that the bags harm the environment and contribute to litter, the facts paint a very different picture.
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Has California’s plastic bag ban backfired?

2014-08-06CNBC – The effort to go green is costing some stores quite a bit of green. "It is increasing shoplifting," said Mark Arabo, president and CEO of the Neighborhood Market Association, a group of 2,400 small markets in the West. "We've received hundreds of phone calls from our members saying that once these plastic bag bans have been enacted, shoplifting has increased in our markets." More »

Plastic Bag Alliance Challenges Padilla Bill, Launches New Ads

2014-08-06FlashReport – The California Legislature’s latest attempt to saddle consumers into paying extra for plastic bags at the grocery store is facing formidable opposition. The American Progressive Bag Alliance just announced it is launching two new television ads opposing Senate Bill 270, by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima.

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Plastic bag bans may contribute to increased shoplifting

2014-08-02Long Beach Press-Telegram – Law enforcement officials say plastic bag bans — passed in Long Beach, Los Angeles and elsewhere — have enabled criminals to walk off with goods that are easily concealed in reusable shopping bags carried while walking around in stores.
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Time to Bag the Ban

2014-08-01Weekly Wonk – Do you want paper or plastic? You’ve probably been told that the right answer is paper – unless you want to hasten climate change and choke marine life. But the plastic bag has been wrongfully convicted. And labeling it as an environmental villain – and banning its usage – is blinding us to better behavior.
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Learn the Facts

  • Plastic bags are made in America; hundreds of millions of reusable bags are imported from China and other countries each year. More »
  • Studies show that taxes and bans don't keep plastic litter out of the landfill. Without plastic grocery bags, people just purchase replacement bags—often made of thicker, heavier plastic—and then send those bags to the landfill, too. 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 »