At the end of December 2014, the industry against plastic bag bans submitted over 800,000 signatures seeking to repeal SB 270 through a referendum. Counties in California are now undertaking the verification process, which is expected to be completed by the end of February. In the meantime, on January 27, 2015, Supporters of the state’s […]

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Jan 12th, 2015

Entering into the New Year there are almost 200 regulations in place across the United States that define what type of “bag” can be used in what type of “store” location. Over 100 of these regulations are in the state of California alone. The confusion for retailers, packaging providers, packaging manufacturers and the general public […]

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On September 30, 2014 – the state of California made history by being the first state in the US to pass a state wide ban on single-use bags. Under SB 270, plastic bags will be phased out of checkout counters at large grocery stores and supermarkets starting in the summer of 2015, and convenience stores […]

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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags – SB 270 – today. This makes California the first state in the United States to have a bag ban for the entire state. The legislation was authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima). Under SB 270, plastic bags will be […]

In the less than two weeks, the California State Assembly will take up legislation SB 270 (Padilla, de Leon and Lara) to ban single-use plastic grocery bags statewide. The legislation recently passed out of the Assembly Fiscal Committee and now heads to the Assembly Floor for a full vote. The deadline to pass both houses […]

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Chicago, the nation’s third largest city, has become the latest U.S. city to approve a ban on plastic shopping bags. The City Council voted overwhelmingly in favor of a partial plastic bag ban in Chicago. The proposal passed with a vote of 36-10. The new ordinance will first go into effect in August 2015, when […]

May 5th, 2014

In California Cities and Counties have been implementing plastic bag bans.  Along with that come lawsuits. Recently, San Francisco’s bag ordinance won its latest and final legal battle when the California Supreme Court unanimously rejected a petition to review a Court of Appeals ruling.  The appellate ruling in December affirmed a lower court ruling that […]

The state of California just reached a milestone for local bag bans. The City of San Rafael adapted an ordinance banning single use plastic bags in grocery, convenience and drug stores. This is the 100th city or county in California to be covered by a plastic bag ban. California is also working on passing SB […]

Senator Alex Padilla (Pacoima), Senator Kevin de León (Los Angeles) and Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach) were joined by environmental groups and business leaders to announce a new, coauthored bill to phase out single-use plastic grocery bags statewide. SB 270 (Padilla and de León) would ban single-use plastic grocery bags in grocery stores by […]

The New Year is upon us and while much of the country is hoping for warmer weather and dreaming of spring, CA is starting off the year with new bag legislation going into effect. LA City’s ban on disposable plastic grocery bags goes into effect January 1, 2014. LA is the nation’s largest city to […]

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