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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bag regulations are in full foliage this fall.  And the state of California is still leading the way.  Beginning Oct. 1, restaurants in San Francisco are restricted from handing out single-use plastic bags for take-out and delivery.  They are required to switch to compostable plastic, paper or reusable bags.  The San Francisco ordinance was expanded […]

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 […]

Aug 13th, 2012

There seems to be a new single-use bag ban or ordinance every day, increasing the number of cities that have adopted single use bag bans this year to 42, and the total number of single use bag bans in the U.S. to 79 – nearly two-thirds of them in California. In addition, Los Angeles – […]

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