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Plastic Bag Bans, Single Use Bag Bans
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Plastic bag bans are passing around the state, country and around the world. San Jose just passed one, so did Marin County, and LA County, too. Now Sonoma County launches its own bag ban campaign investigating whehter to include paper bags, as they are environmentally detrimental in their own right (wrong).

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1   Link   Plastic Bag Laws
In an effort to facilitate research for cities and states interested in adopting plastic bag laws, we have compiled the text of laws, related CEQA litigation, and relevant studies. Our hope is that having this information available in one place will lead to the adoption of more plastic bag laws. Our current focus is on encouraging state and local legislation in California.
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2   Link   One city's plastic bag campaign, step by step
Hopefully everything you ever wanted to know about going plastic bag free and more
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3   Link   CA bag ban ordinances
Many cities and counties are currently in the process of adopting plastic bag ban ordinances. Fairfax, LA County, LA City, San Jose, Fairfax, Marin County, Manhattan Beach, Malibu, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Oakland...
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4   Link   Plastics industry intimidation campaign re: bag bans
A coalition of plastic bag manufacturers have sued some of the municipalities that have adopted plastic bag bans. The suits claim the ordinances are “projects” subject to CEQA and aim to force municipalities to spend money on Environmental Impact Reviews (EIRs).
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5   Link   Save the Plastic Bag! Industry campaign
from the site: Marin County is planning to ban plastic bags. We will be demanding that the County prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) before adopting a ban ordinance, so that this kind of nonsense is not the basis for the Board of Supervisors' decision.
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6   Link   Green Cities California bag ban tool kit
In the wake of the defeat of AB 1998, Green Cities California has been hard at work facilitating the adoption of local plastic bag bans, including creating a mater environmental assessment and developing this model ordinance for California cities.
Linked from Plastic Bag Laws
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7   Link   Green Cities CA - bag ban press conference
On Monday, November 29, Green Cities California, in collaboration with Clean Seas Coalition, hosted a very successful press event in Sacramento to highlight local and state efforts on restricting single use bags.
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8   Link   News about China's version of a bag ban!!
In 2008, China instated a law that made it illegal for stores to give out plastic bags for free. Instead, shop owners were required to charge for the bags, and allowed to keep any profit they made for themselves.
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9   Link   American Chemistry Council's position on bag bans
from the other side
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10   Link   Bag manufacturer Hilex weighs in on bag bans
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11   Link   Ireland bag fee - reduced plastic bags by 94%
In 2002, Ireland passed a tax on plastic bags; customers who want them must now pay 33 cents per bag at the register.
Within weeks, plastic bag use dropped 94 percent. Within a year, nearly everyone had bought reusable cloth bags, keeping them in offices and in the backs of cars. Plastic bags were not outlawed, but carrying them became socially unacceptable — on a par with wearing a fur coat or not cleaning up after one’s dog.
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12   Link   Planet Green article on cities with bag bans, Aug. '10
...Every year, Americans throw away some 100 billion plastic bags after they've been used to transport a prescription home from the drugstore or a quart of milk from the grocery store. It's equivalent to dumping nearly 12 million barrels of oil
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13   Link   Plastic State of Mind - video
Plastic State of Mind Parody Video, Green Sangha and Ben Zolno creator — Awesome parody video that discourages disposable bag use. Check it out, tweet it, keep it showing til plastic bags are gone!

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14   Link   The Majestic Plastic Bag - a mockumentary
Sponsored by Heal the Bay and narrated by Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons, this “mockumentary” video, hammers home the stark reality of California’s plastic bag pollution situation.
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15   Link   Message in the Waves, plastic bags in Hawaiian waters
Although the documentary is from a Hawaiian perspective it is really a global film. Because of their size, location and social history, the Hawaiian Islands represent a microcosm of the planet and are in a unique position to tell all of us where we are going wrong and what we can do to help put things right.
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16   Link   ReduceSingleUse.org
Sonoma County's vibrant plastic bag ban campaign, making great strides. To join us, contact Green Mary.
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17   Link   Pliatic Bag Laws
Follow what is going on with plastic bag bans around the US, legislation, campaigns... this org. currently focused on CA
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