With February over and hopefully bringing Spring to many of us, the status of SB 270 is also changing. As of February 25, 2015 SB 270 has been suspended. Let’s review how we got here: Remember in 2014, the California legislature passed and Governor Brown signed SB 270. This legislation bans single-use plastic bags and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Every day, new cities, counties and states contemplate bag regulations.  They also are reviewing what issues they may face if such an ordinance is implemented.  Recently the City of San Francisco closed their court case on bag regulations. The California’s Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, affirmed San Francisco’s plastic bag ban and upheld a lower […]

Los Angeles Update: Restaurants and retail shops are exempt from the LA bag ban. The Los Angeles Bag Ban on single use disposable bags will take effect on Jan. 1, 2014, at grocery stores and pharmacies. Los Angeles City Bag Ban targets the t-shirt style plastic bags offered at grocery stores and pharmacies.  Are all […]

It was seven years ago that the first bag legislation was introduced. We’ve seen a lot of change over seven years. 2012 was a busy year for local bag ordinances; both in California and around the world. Here are some stats for California: 20 new bag ordinances adopted in 2012, covering 41 cities and counties […]

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