News Release | Environment California

Martinez plastic bag ban moves forward

Martinez— The City Council has officially entered the race to reach 100 plastic bag bans, voting unanimously to pursue a phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags. Next, city staff will draft an ordinance and complete environmental studies, putting Martinez on track to phase out plastic bags in 2014. To date, 87 California cities and counties have banned plastic bags, only 13 away from 100. One in three Californians now live somewhere with a plastic bag ban.

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Plastic Bag Bans Win in Supreme Court Yet Again

San Francisco – The California Supreme Court has denied review of a plastics industry legal challenge to Marin County’s plastic bag ban, allowing the ordinance to stand. The lawsuit, brought by the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition, an unincorporated association, had challenged the county’s 2011 plastic bag ban under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Lower courts had already unanimously rejected the industry group’s lawsuit.

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South Lake Tahoe Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags

South Lake Tahoe—The South Lake Tahoe City Council voted this afternoon to ban single-use plastic shopping bags. Once confirmed, the ban will take effect in grocery stores and farmers markets three months after adoption and will apply to all retail establishments after one year. Pharmacies, restaurants, and non-profits are exempted. Councilmembers Laine, Swanson, and Cole voted for the ordinance. Per standard procedure, the council is expected to finalize the ordinance at a second reading later this month.

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Santa Barbara bans plastic bags

Santa Barbara—The Santa Barbara City Council voted unanimously today to ban single-use plastic shopping bags citywide. Once confirmed, the ban will take effect in large grocery stores and pharmacies in three months and in smaller stores after one year. Per standard procedure, the council is expected to finalize the ordinance at a second reading later this month.

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San Diego plastic bag ban moves forward

San Diego—The City Council’s Rules and Economic Development Committee unanimously voted today to advance a citywide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags. Councilmembers Lightner, Faulconer, Alvarez, Kersey, and Emerald voted to advance the measure.

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Arcata Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags

Arcata—A unanimous Arcata City Council voted tonight to ban single-use plastic shopping bags. The ordinance, which applies to large grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, and certain retailers, will take effect on February 1, 2014.

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Mill Valley Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags

Mill Valley—The Mill Valley City Council unanimously voted tonight to ban single-use plastic shopping bags. The ordinance, which applies to large grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, will take effect after a 60 day grace period.

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Business Leaders, Environmentalists support bag-free San Diego

Elected officials, business and civic leaders, and environmentalists convened at SeaWorld San Diego to declare their support for eliminating single-use plastic bags in San Diego and statewide. 

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El Cerrito Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags and Styrofoam

El Cerrito—The El Cerrito City Council voted tonight to ban single-use plastic shopping bags and Styrofoam. The plastic bag ordinance applies to all stores except restaurants and certain charities, while the Styrofoam law affects restaurants and city vendors. Both bans take effect on January 1, 2014.

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Los Gatos Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags

Los Gatos—The Los Gatos Town Council voted tonight to ban on single-use plastic shopping bags. The ordinance, which applies to all retail stores that sell clothing, food, and personal items directly to consumers, will take effect on February 3, 2014.

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