News Release | Environment California

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. 

News Release | Environment California

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.

Los Gatos and El Cerrito will both vote on plastic bag ban ordinances this week.

News Release | Environment California

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.

News Release | Environment California

Ventura plastic bag ban moves forward

Ventura—A unanimous Ventura City Council voted tonight to draft a citywide ban on single-use plastic bags. City staff will develop an ordinance, based on a region-wide model, and return for a final vote as early as this fall. Nearly 80 California local governments have already banned plastic bags, representing nearly 1 in 3 Californians.

News Release | Environment California

LA Mayor signs plastic bag ban into law

Los Angeles, CA – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has signed LA’s historic ban on single-use plastic bags into law. The ordinance, approved in an 11-1 vote by the City Council, bars stores that sell perishable food from distributing plastic bags at the checkout. The ban takes effect for large stores in January 2014, while smaller businesses, including convenience stores, have until July 2014 to comply. With LA’s policy in place, one in three Californians now live somewhere with a plastic bag ban.

News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Marin Plastic Bag Ban Wins in Court

San Francisco – The California Court of Appeal has unanimously upheld Marin County’s plastic bag ban ordinance. 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). Actions taken by regulatory agencies to protect the environment or natural resources are typically exempt from CEQA’s requirement to prepare an Environmental Impact Report. As the Court of Appeal made clear, this exemption applies to plastic bag ban ordinances.

News Release | Environment California

Los Angeles Enacts Plastic Bag Ban

“This important step forward for Los Angeles shows once again that we can achieve lasting victories for ocean and environmental health,” said Nathan Weaver with Environment California. “Banning plastic bags is the right choice to protect our rivers, beaches, and the Pacific Ocean. With one in three Californians living somewhere with a plastic bag ban, It’s only a matter of time until California bans plastic bags statewide. I applaud the Los Angeles City Council and Senator Padilla for their leadership on this issue.”

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Sonoma County, Richmond ban plastic bags

Richmond, CA – Richmond became the first city in Contra Costa County to ban plastic bags. Meanwhile, while the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved participation in a joint plastic bag ban with Sonoma’s incorporated cities.

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Senate fails to ban plastic bags

Sacramento, CA – The California Senate narrowly rejected a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags by a vote of 18-17. The vote came despite a marathon legislative push in which environmental advocates, business leaders, cities, veterans organizations, and community activists banded together to move the statewide bag ban forward. The bill, SB 405 (Padilla), would have been a major step forward in protecting the Pacific Ocean from plastic pollution.