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02

Sep

California inches closer to statewide ban on disposable plastic bagsIn California, where numerous municipalities have already given single-use plastic bags the boot, lawmakers approve a statewide bag ban.

California inches closer to statewide ban on disposable plastic bags
In California, where numerous municipalities have already given single-use plastic bags the boot, lawmakers approve a statewide bag ban.

15

Mar

Why the recycling industry is fighting bag bansA scrap recycling trade group recently adopted a new policy on bag bans and fees, stating that recycling plastic and paper bags creates economic opportunities.

Why the recycling industry is fighting bag bans
A scrap recycling trade group recently adopted a new policy on bag bans and fees, stating that recycling plastic and paper bags creates economic opportunities.

06

Dec

Why the recycling industry is fighting bag bansA scrap recycling trade group recently adopted a new policy on bag bans and fees, stating that recycling plastic and paper bags creates economic opportunities.

Why the recycling industry is fighting bag bans
A scrap recycling trade group recently adopted a new policy on bag bans and fees, stating that recycling plastic and paper bags creates economic opportunities.

15

Aug

Why the recycling industry is fighting bag bansA scrap recycling trade group recently adopted a new policy on bag bans and fees, stating that recycling plastic and paper bags creates economic opportunities.

Why the recycling industry is fighting bag bans
A scrap recycling trade group recently adopted a new policy on bag bans and fees, stating that recycling plastic and paper bags creates economic opportunities.

24

Jun

Wasting away: Our garbage by the numbers
60,000: Number of plastic bags consumed in the U.S. every 5 seconds
240,000: Number of plastic bags consumed worldwide every 10 seconds
1 billion: Number of plastic bags Americans use every year
30,000 tons: Landfill waste created from plastic bags each year
Less than 1 percent: Amount of plastic bags that are recycled
$4,000: Cost of recycling 1 ton of plastic bags
$32: The amount that recycled product can be sold for
See more shocking garbage stats.

Wasting away: Our garbage by the numbers

  • 60,000: Number of plastic bags consumed in the U.S. every 5 seconds
  • 240,000: Number of plastic bags consumed worldwide every 10 seconds
  • 1 billion: Number of plastic bags Americans use every year
  • 30,000 tons: Landfill waste created from plastic bags each year
  • Less than 1 percent: Amount of plastic bags that are recycled
  • $4,000: Cost of recycling 1 ton of plastic bags
  • $32: The amount that recycled product can be sold for

See more shocking garbage stats.

06

Jan


 N.J. has proposed plastic and paper bag surcharge 



Proposed legislation would require a five-cent fee for each single-use plastic or paper bag and a five-cent refund for each consumer-provided bag.
Proposed legislation would require a five-cent fee for each single-use plastic or paper bag and a five-cent refund for each consumer-provided bag.

01

Dec

15 reuses for plastic zipper baggiesThey can be rinsed and reused again and again, and when it’s time to take them out of food storage duty, they still have plenty of life left.

15 reuses for plastic zipper baggies
They can be rinsed and reused again and again, and when it’s time to take them out of food storage duty, they still have plenty of life left.

21

Sep

San Francisco’s shopping bag ban to broaden in OctoberA judge has upheld a law that is scheduled to go into effect next month that will extend the city’s historic ban.

San Francisco’s shopping bag ban to broaden in October
A judge has upheld a law that is scheduled to go into effect next month that will extend the city’s historic ban.

03

May

Hawaii bans plastic bagsThe island state is giving businesses two years to adjust to a world without plastic shopping bags.

Hawaii bans plastic bags
The island state is giving businesses two years to adjust to a world without plastic shopping bags.

23

Jan

Madison offers alternative to plastic bag banningIn lieu of tacking a fee on plastic shopping bags or banning them altogether, the city of Madison, Wis. will start to offer curbside recycling of the landfill-clogging buggers.

Madison offers alternative to plastic bag banning
In lieu of tacking a fee on plastic shopping bags or banning them altogether, the city of Madison, Wis. will start to offer curbside recycling of the landfill-clogging buggers.