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Plastic Bag Ban in Punta Arenas Helps Preserve the Environment  |   [PDF, 638KB]Printer-friendly
I Love Chile News on 2/18/14 published an article about the Chilean city of Punta Arenas banning the use of plastic bags, and about other local tourist towns that have also begun phasing out plastic bags.

Mendocino County extends plastic bag ban to restaurants  |   [PDF, 105KB]Printer-friendly
Santa Rosa Press Democrat on 2/11/14 published an article about Mendocino County Supervisors voting to extend the scope of its plastic bag ban and becoming the fourth jurisdiction in the state to disallow restaurants, in addition to retail stores, from providing plastic carryout bags.

L.A.'s plastic bag ban goes into effect Jan. 1  |   [PDF, 93KB]Printer-friendly
The LA Times on 12/30/13 published an article about the prohibition of plastic bags within the City of Los Angeles in 2014. Click on the following link for more information on the City of Los Angeles' Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance.

Mandaluyong to implement total ban on plastic bags in 2014  |   [PDF, 109KB]Printer-friendly
Inquirer News on 12/15/13 published an article about the City of Mandaluyong prohibiting use and sale of all plastic bags—including biodegradable ones—and styrofoam packaging in 2014.

Restaurant bag ban starts Friday  |   [PDF, 77KB]Printer-friendly
Palo Alto online on 10/31/13 published an article about restaurants and food establishments no longer being able to give out single-use plastic bags.

AP Exclusive: Calif. recycling law lacks oversight  |   [PDF, 18KB]Printer-friendly
The Sacramento Bee on 10/31/13 published an article about the virtual impossibility of gauging the effectiveness of California's plastic bag recycling law.

100 billion plastic bags used annually in the US  |   [PDF, 27KB]Printer-friendly
UNRIC on 10/19/13 published an article about the 102 billion plastic bags used annually in the United States and tips to reduce plastic usage.

Olympia Becomes 10th Wash. City to Ban Plastic Bags  |   [PDF, 35KB]Printer-friendly
KPLU on 10/10/13 published an article about Olympia becoming Washington's tenth city to ban disposable plastic bags from retail stores.

Portland clamps down on all plastic bags  |   [PDF, 50KB]Printer-friendly
KOIN on 10/2/13 published an article about Portland’s single-use plastic bag ban extending to food vendors and other small businesses.

San Francisco’s Plastic Bag Ban Now Includes Restaurants  |   [PDF, 11KB]Printer-friendly
CBS SF Bay Area on 10/1/13 published an article about San Francisco’s single-use plastic bag ban extending to restaurants.

Redwood City ready to ban plastic bags  |   [PDF, 21KB]Printer-friendly
The Daily Journal on 9/30/13 published an article about Redwood City joining other Peninsula cities when their single-use plastic bag ordinance goes into effect in October 2013.

Plastic bag ban starts to roll across region  |   [PDF, 10KB]Printer-friendly
The Bellingham Herald on 9/27/13 published an article about Tumwater City Council and the Thurston County Commission both approving an ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags.

Arcata City Council passes plastic bag ban  |   [PDF, 57KB]Printer-friendly
Times-Standard on 9/5/13 published an article about the Arcata City Council voting unanimously to approve an ordinance that bans the use of plastic bags.

Rare sea turtles eating plastic at record rate  |   [PDF, 115KB]Printer-friendly
Mother Nature Network on 8/19/13 published an article about endangered sea turtles devouring more plastic than ever before.

WeHo Plastic Bag Ban Goes Into Effect For All Retailers Soon  |   [PDF, 41KB]Printer-friendly
WEHOville on 8/8/13 published an article about plastic bags soon being banned at all retailers in West Hollywood.

Plastic bag ban takes effect in Glendale  |   [PDF, 8KB]Printer-friendly
Glendale News-Press on 7/1/13 published an article about the first phase of Glendale's plastic bag ban taking effect that day.

Plastic bag era comes to an end in Palo Alto  |   [PDF, 1KB]Printer-friendly
Palo Alto Online News on 7/1/13 published an article about the plastic bag ban now in effect at Palo Alto retail locations, and in restaurants on Nov. 1.

Plastic Bag Ban Finally Coming to Los Altos, Polystyrene Ban Could Be Too  |   [PDF, 56KB]Printer-friendly
Los Altos Patch on 6/28/13 published an article about Los Altos implementing a reusable bag ordinance on July 4.

Culver City Plastic Bag Ban Now in Effect  |   [PDF, 117KB]Printer-friendly
Culver City Patch on 6/27/13 published an article about Culver City's plastic bag ordinance going into effect that day.

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signs plastic bag ban, finishes term with a flourish   |   [PDF, 9KB]Printer-friendly
Daily News on 6/26/13 published an article about Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa continuing to finish his term by wrapping up major initiatives, including signing the city's plastic bags ban.

Los Angeles to become largest city in U.S. to ban plastic bags   |   [PDF, 8KB]Printer-friendly
Waste & Recycling News on 6/18/13 published an article about the Los Angeles City Council adopting an ordinance banning the use of plastic bags at grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, and some retailers in the city.

Help make Kohima a plastic bag free city  |   [PDF, 49KB]Printer-friendly
The Morung Express on 6/9/13 published an article about the Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) appealing for all denizens to join hands in a plastic free awareness campaign.

California’s Waste Bills: Plastic Defeated (For Now); Mattress Passed; Bottles To Senate   |   [PDF, 56KB]Printer-friendly
CleanTechnica on 6/4/13 published an article about Senate Bill 405, designed to phase out single use plastic bags, failing to pass out of its house.

Ban is finally in the bag   |   [PDF, 113KB]Printer-friendly
The Advocate on 6/1/13 published an article about legislation for a ban on plastic bags passing in Tasmania.

Is It Time to Bag the Plastic?   |   [PDF, 100KB]Printer-friendly
The New York Times on 5/18/13 published an article about reasons why New York City should adopt a plastic bag ban.

Supervisors Support Statewide Plastic Bag Ban   |   [PDF, 45KB]Printer-friendly
SCVnews.com on 5/15/13 published an article about the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ support of SB 405 (Padilla) which would phase out single-use plastic bags across California.

Plastic Bag Ban Takes Effect in Much of San Mateo County   |   [PDF, 37KB]Printer-friendly
KQED on 4/22/13 published an article about a plastic bag ban taking effect in much of San Mateo County starting on Earth Day 2013.

If England refuses to bring in a plastic bag tax why can't London take the lead?   |   [PDF, 27KB]Printer-friendly
London Evening Standard on 4/8/13 published an article about the possibility of London taking the lead to place a charge on plastic bags since England hasn’t already done so.

City’s Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags Now in Place   |   [PDF, 44KB]Printer-friendly
Dana Point Times on 4/1/13 published an article about the first phase of Dana Point’s ban on single-use plastic shopping bags going into effect that day.

Bag Ban Drives Up Bin Liner Sales   |   [PDF, 33KB]Printer-friendly
Yahoo!7 News on 3/27/13 published an article about South Australia’s ban on plastic bags in supermarkets leading to a five-fold increase in the number of plastic bin liners purchased.

City Council Makes Plastic Bag Ban Official   |   [PDF, 25KB]Printer-friendly
Redwood City-Woodside Patch on 3/26/13 published an article about Redwood City’s reusable bag ordinance being unanimously approved.

Plastic Bags to Go the Way of the Dinosaurs in Larchmont   |   [PDF, 40KB]Printer-friendly
Larchmont-Mamaroneck Patch on 3/21/13 published an article about the Village of Larchmont becoming the third Westchester community to successfully ban plastic bags.

Los Altos Plastic Bag Ban Set For July 4   |   [PDF, 8KB]Printer-friendly
Los Altos Patch on 3/16/13 published an article about the Los Altos City Council passing an ordinance that bans single-use plastic bags, going into effect on 7/4/13.

San Carlos becomes latest Peninsula city to ban plastic carryout bags   |   [PDF, 8KB]Printer-friendly
Mercury News on 2/26/13 published an article about the city council of San Carlos voting to adopt an ordinance outlawing plastic carryout bags, modeled after the ordinance in San Mateo County.

HMB bans plastic bags, rules to take effect in April   |   [PDF, 25KB]Printer-friendly
Half Moon Bay Review on 2/20/13 published an article about Half Moon Bay City Council deciding unanimously to ban plastic bags and to place a charge on recycled paper bags.

Plastic Bag Ban To Go Into Effect In WeHo  |   [PDF, 88KB]Printer-friendly
CBS Los Angeles on 2/19/13 published an article about the ban on single-use plastic bags going into effect at West Hollywood stores on Wednesday, 2/20/13.

Council is United Against Plastic   |   [PDF, 12KB]Printer-friendly
Glendale News-Press on 1/15/13 published an article about the Glendale City Council members being unanimous in their support of a plastic bag ban.

It's BYOB in Belmont (Bring Your Own Bag)   |   [PDF, 18KB]Printer-friendly
Belmont Patch on 1/10/13 published an article about the Belmont City Council voting unanimously to pass their Reusable Bag Ordinance.

Could 2013 spell the end for plastic bags?  |   [PDF, 32KB]Printer-friendly
France 24 on 1/4/13 published an article about Mali and Mauritania becoming the latest African countries to ban plastic bags.

Plastic Bag Ban Takes Effect in Laguna Beach   |   [PDF, 69KB]Printer-friendly
CBS Los Angeles on 1/1/13 published an article about the plastic bag ban taking effect in Laguna Beach.



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