Plastic Bag Ban Update: June 2014

The plastic bag ban is spreading.

I posted last week about how California has been leading the charge on banning and taxing for bags. Check out this interactive map of bans/taxes I featured in that post:

Click through for the interactive map.
Click-through for the interactive map.

TreeHugger reports that Los Angeles recently banned plastic bag distribution at large retailers. San Francisco was one of the first cities in the US to place a tax on bags.

For another interactive map of the history of bans/taxes, from Earth Policy Institute, click-through the photo.

Click through for the interactive map.
Click-through for the interactive map.

But it’s not only plastic bags – as you can see on the maps. Here in Boulder, I get charged 10 cents for a paper bag at Trader Joe’s (only when I forget my reusable ones!).

So, the ban and taxes have come a long way since I did my plastic bag project in 2011 and since my last plastic bag update.

Many towns and cities are considering plastic bag legislation – and I would love to see it go through!

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