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2014-10-24Fight the Plastic Bag Ban – On 21 October 2014, the Fort Collins, Colorado City Council repealed the disposable bag ordinance which would have imposed a 5-cent fee for each disposable paper or plastic bag distributed by retailers in the city beginning on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

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  • 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 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 bags make up a tiny fraction (less than 0.5 percent) of the municipal solid waste stream. More »