Single–Use Bag Legislation…The Year in Review

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
  • That’s double the number of bag ordinances adopted in 2011
  • Stores in at least 56 cities and counties will be affected by bag legislation by Earth Day, 2013

The new year will see many ordinances approved during 2012 require compliance in January 2013. These cities/counties include:

  • Alameda County, CA
  • Laguna Beach, CA
  • Pasadena, CA (2nd part of their phase-in program)
  • The Big Island of Hawaii
  • Village of Mamaroneck, NY
  • Barrington, RI
  • Corvallis, OR
  • Laguna Vista, TX
  • Mukilteo, WA

Our retail packaging specialists stay on top of the ever changing market conditions. Let us help you navigate bag legislation in the municipalities you sell into and select the best packaging for your stores. We hope that you will contact us by phone at 888-429-5673 or via email at

Colorado Towns Split on Bag Bans


Two April 3rd elections have led to split results in Colorado over the issue of the bag bans.

Voters in Basalt, Colorado overturned an ordinance that would ban plastic bags in grocery stores as well as add a 20-cent fee for paper bags.
Basalt’s town council voted in September to place a fee on both plastic and paper bags, but opted for a plastic bag ban instead. This was met with opposition by petitioning citizens, who called for a town vote.
When the vote was taken, voters rejected the ban 401 to 363.
Meanwhile, in Carbondale, CO, citizens voted to uphold a bag ordinance of their own that would also ban plastic bags and place a 20-cent fee on paper ones.
Though Carbondale’s ban was also met with some opposition, it was upheld when those in favor of it won the vote, narrowly defeating the naysayers 718 to 691. The ban goes into effect on May 1st.
Aspen, CO has also passed a bag ban of its own—one that’s similar to the Carbondale ban—that will go into effect on May 1st as well. Aspen’s ordinance will be implemented with no petition set to overturn it.

If you have any questions about this ban or any other bag legislation around the country, feel free to call us at 1-888-429-5673. Our bag specialists are qualified to explain how this ban affects you, and help you find bags that are in compliance with your local legislation.

Sources: Aspen Daily News

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