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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2014-10-24Fight the Plastic Bag Ban – On 21 October 2014, the Fort Collins, Colorado City Council repealed the disposable bag ordinance which would have imposed a 5-cent fee for each disposable paper or plastic bag distributed by retailers in the city beginning on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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Little Justification for California’s Plastic Bag Ban

2014-10-20National Center for Policy Analysis – California recently became the first state to ban plastic bags. While 100 municipalities across the state had already banned the bags, California is the first to make such a ban statewide. Lance Christensen of the Reason Foundation explains why the bans are a bad idea, on several fronts. More »

Northampton public health officials not happy about plastic bag ban

2014-10-20Mass Live – Public health officials in Northampton, Massachusetts plan to push back against a plan to make them the primary enforcers of a proposed citywide ban on certain plastic bags and styrofoam takeout containers at large retail and food establishments. More »

Plastic Bag Ban Hurts California’s Economy

2014-10-13Reason Foundation – Proponents of the ban claim it will benefit the environment. But a comprehensive analysis recently undertaken by Reason Foundation, which looked at the impact of plastic bag bans on the environment, found these claims don’t stand up to scrutiny. Indeed, the ban is likely to do more harm than good both to the environment and to people’s pocketbooks.

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A Reality Check For “Environmentalists”

2014-10-13FlashReport – Immediately following Gov. Jerry Brown signing the bill by Sen. Alex Padilla to ban the use of plastic bags at grocery stores and tax paper bags, now the progressive left is whining about the plastic bag industry initiating a referendum process for a vote of the people for the November 2016 election. More »

California’s plastic bag ban promotes bad science

2014-10-10Plastics Today – Since California's passage and approval of SB 270 by the California legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown, the manufacturing community has had much to say about this bill that many see as just plain "bad science." More »

Nanny of the Week: California bans plastic bags

2014-10-06Watchdog.org – California became the first state in the nation to enact a statewide ban on plastic shopping bags this week, taking a concept that had been limited to nanny cities and broadening it in brand new ways. More »

Why our environmental obsession with plastic bags makes no sense

2014-10-04Vox – "If you want to use your shopping choices to benefit wildlife and the environment as a whole, the type of bag you use is far less important than what you put inside it." More »

Jim Lacy on California’s plastic bag ban [VIDEO]

2014-10-01American Conservative Union – Jim Lacy, ACU board member and author of "Taxifornia," discusses California's plastic bag ban on FOX Business' Varney and Company. More »

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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 »
  • 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 bags are chosen by more than 90 percent of consumers at the checkout. About 9 out of every 10 consumers reuse these bags for everyday household purposes. More »