I’ve been collecting information about bans on plastic bags, with an eye towards the Ann Arbor City Council’s discussion of banning disposable plastic bags here in town.
municipalities with bag ban laws, passed or not
Cities with bag bans:
San Francisco, CA – Plastics News coverage.
Encinitas, CA – proposed – North County Times report: “Now, if the Surfrider Foundation gets its way, the ubiquitous single-use plastic bags may be banned in Encinitas.”
Los Angeles, CA – Huffington Post report: ban starts 2010
Baltimore, MD – rejected – Progressive Grocer report: “Grocery stores opposed the bill on the grounds that paper bags cost more, and also create litter.”
Ann Arbor, MI – proposed Ann Arbor News story
States with bag bans:
California AB 2058 – proposed legislation (2008)
organizations advocating for bans on plastics bags
Heal the Bay, California non-profit – advocacy as part of their marine debris program to protect the Santa Monica Bay. Contact: Kirsten James, Water Quality Director.
retailers who have changed away from plastic bags
Whole Foods – press release – Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFMI), the world’s leading natural and organic foods supermarket, announced today it will end the use of disposable plastic grocery bags at the checkouts in all of its 270 stores in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. with the goal to be plastic bag-free by Earth Day, April 22, 2008.
other discussions on the net
Where I Stand thread on “Should plastic grocery bags be banned”