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State Lawmakers Make Deal on Plastic-Bag Ban

January 24, 2014 | 11:19 am

State Lawmakers Make Deal on Plastic-Bag Ban

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Agreement would outlaw most throwaway bags by 2016 while promoting the use of reusable bags.

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California Ignores Oversight of Plastic Bag Recyling Law

October 30, 2013 | 8:52 am

California Ignores Oversight of Plastic Bag Recyling Law

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Lack of data analysis leaves state in the dark as to success of plastic bag law.

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Are Paper Bags Really That Much Better Than Plastic?

June 5, 2013 | 1:37 pm

Are Paper Bags Really That Much Better Than Plastic?

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Last Thursday, a statewide ban on plastic bags failed in the California Senate, killing any chances for a law to that effect until 2014. Environmentalists were not happy. “We are disappointed in this missed opportunity to dramatically reduce plastic pollution and waste in California, and save consumers hundreds of millions in one-time use bag costs,” […]

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California Plastic Bag Ban Defeated In Senate

May 31, 2013 | 5:43 am

California Plastic Bag Ban Defeated In Senate

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Bans or taxes on plastic bags have increasingly become the norm in California’s cities and counties over the last decade. More than 50 local ordinances limiting bag use are already in place, including a San Mateo County ban that went into effect last month. But similar bills have continually failed to gain traction at the […]

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State Rewrites Textbook Chapter Influenced by Plastics Industry

May 7, 2012 | 8:45 am

State Rewrites Textbook Chapter Influenced by Plastics Industry

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From California Watch Under pressure from politicians and environmental groups, California’s environmental agency has rewritten a chapter in a statewide K-12 curriculum on plastic bags that was influenced by the chemical and plastics industry. The new chapter, which was posted today for review, no longer includes a section titled, “The Advantages of Plastic Shopping Bags,” […]

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February 7, 2012 | 2:06 pm

SF Supes Pass Enhanced Plastic Bag Ban

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Update 3:50 p.m. The board has passed the legislation, adding an exception for oversize merchandise that doesn’t fit in a paper bag. Earlier post San Francisco shoppers may see plastic bags just about disappear from city stores, depending on a vote by the city’s Board of Supervisors today. San Francisco once had the most aggressive […]

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Are Paper Bags Really That Much Better Than Plastic?

August 29, 2011 | 3:02 pm

Are Paper Bags Really That Much Better Than Plastic?

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Despite the best efforts of plastic-bag manufacturers and distributors, a growing number of California counties have banned plastic bags. And after the state Supreme Court’s ruling last month that Manhattan Beach had the right to prohibit the bags without an environmental review, more such laws might follow. So the other day some of us public […]

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Plastics Industry Edited Environmental Textbook

August 19, 2011 | 8:44 am

Plastics Industry Edited Environmental Textbook

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A California Watch report Under pressure from the American Chemistry Council, a lobbying group for the plastics industry, schools officials in California edited a new environmental curriculum to include positive messages about plastic shopping bags, interviews and documents show. The rewritten textbooks and teachers’ guides coincided with a public relations and lobbying effort by the […]

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January 4, 2011 | 1:46 pm

Marin County Puts Plastic Bag Ban on Hold, Approves Symbolic SmartMeter Moratorium

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The Marin County Board of Supervisors has approved a moratorium on SmartMeter installation in unincorporated areas of Marin. The Board, however, apparently has no authority to enact such a delay. From the Marin Independent Journal: PG&E says it will continue SmartMeter installations despite Marin moratorium A moratorium on the installation of SmartMeters was imposed on […]

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