New York Times Article About Plastic Bag Laws in the US

Today’s New York Times features an article about plastic bag laws in the US and a discussion about plastic bags in NYC with Ron Gonen, Mayor Bloomberg’s deputy commissioner of sanitation for recycling and waste reduction.

To get involved in the movement to adopt a plastic bag reduction ordinance (ban or fee) in NYC, please visit bagitnyc.org to register your support.  (Right now!)

Click here view a panel discussion about plastic bags in NYC, which took place at the Green Schools Alliance “Ban the Bag” conference at the Hewitt School in March.

View the full NYT article here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/19/sunday-review/should-america-bag-the-plastic-bag.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hp

Manhattan SWAB 2013: “Bag It” Screening and Plastic Bag Panel

Join the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (MSWAB) on May 13th for a screening of the film Bag It and panel discussion with:

Helena Durst, Member, MSWAB; and Durst Organization

Jennie Romer, Founder of plasticbaglaws.org and Atlantic Region Director of the Clean Seas Coalition

Ron Gonen, Deputy Commissioner, Recycling & Sustainability, Department of Sanitation, City of New York

More information:  http://swab2013bagit.bpt.me/

New York City Students Hold Conference to Discuss Plastic Bag Bans: Council Member Pledges to Introduce Legislation

Click here for a PDF of the official press release.

New York City, March 4, 2013 – On Saturday March 2, 2012, The Hewitt School’s Earth Committee and The Green Schools Alliance hosted a student conference focused on banning single-use plastic bags in New York City.  The conference was a call to action by students – and was a tremendous success. Read the rest of this entry »

Join the “Ban the Bag NYC” Conference for High School Students on March 2nd

Please join Jennie Romer, founder of plasticbaglaws.org, at the Green Schools Alliance’s “Ban the Bag NYC” on March 2nd at Hewitt School to discuss single-use plastic bag reduction ordinance options for New York City.  The All Star Panel also includes NYC Councilmember Brad Lander.  The conference is FREE and open to all high school students in NYC – register now!

BAN THE BAG CONFERENCE
Green Schools Alliance and The Hewitt School
Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Hewitt School, NYC

For more information here.
Registration: banthebagconference.eventbrite.com/#

 

BAN THE BAG CONFERENCE
Green Schools Alliance and The Hewitt School
Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Hewitt School, NYC

More information: here
Registration: banthebagconference.eventbrite.com/#

BAN THE BAG CONFERENCE
Green Schools Alliance and The Hewitt School
Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Hewitt School, NYC

More information: here
Registration: banthebagconference.eventbrite.com/#

BAN THE BAG CONFERENCE
Green Schools Alliance and The Hewitt School
Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Hewitt School, NYC

More information: here
Registration: banthebagconference.eventbrite.com/#

Recent “Study” Relating E.coli Infections To Plastic Bag Bans Is Misguided

Jennie R. Romer, Atlantic region director of the Clean Seas Coalition and founder of plasticbaglaws.org, was recently interviewed in a Huffington Post article regarding a recent study by UPenn’s Institute for Law and Economics entitled “Grocery Bag Bans and Foodborne Illness.”  The study related a spike in San Francisco hospital emergency room treatment due to E. coli infection to SF’s plastic bag ban. Romer insists that the study’s assertions are “completely ridiculous and unfounded.” Read the rest of this entry »

Using Categorical Exemptions for “Second Generation” Plastic Bag Bans in California: A Look at the Insightful San Luis Obispo County Ruling

In the wake of the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition v. Manhattan Beach Supreme Court decision that found that Manhattan Beach was justified in not preparing an EIR before adopting its ordinance, Save the Plastic Bag Coalition (SPBC) has seemed to have just enough wiggle room to keep many cities from moving forward with plastic bag ordinances (through threats of litigation) premised mostly on the vague language of a footnote in the Manhattan Beach decision that says  “appropriately comprehensive environmental review will be required” for larger cities.  The crux of SPBC’s argument under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was that plastic bag bans could have a significant negative impact on the environment because such bans could result in an increase of paper bag consumption. Read the rest of this entry »

City of San Jose Releases “Bring Your Own Bag” Ordinance Implementation Results

The City of San Jose (CA)’s “Bring Your Own Bag” ordinance was implemented January, 1, 2012.  With nearly one million residents, making San Jose the third largest city in California and tenth largest city in the U.S., many commentators viewed the City of San Jose’s ordinance as having the potential to significantly reduce plastic bag consumption.  In a November 2012 memorandum, nearly one year after implementation of the ordinance, the City of San Jose demonstrates that the ordinance has already been successful in reducing plastic bag consumption as well as plastic bag litter.  Specifically, the memo stated that “Numerous staff surveys, observations, and enforcement efforts demonstrate that the Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance has been successful at affecting community norms towards shopping with reusable bags and reducing single-use plastic bag litter in City creeks and streets.” Read the rest of this entry »

Internships Available at plasticbaglaws.org

Plasticbaglaws.org seeks unpaid interns.  Interns will be expected to commit to approximately five hours per week for at least five months.  Interns should be detail-oriented and feel comfortable working independently.

Interns will be responsible for a variety of tasks, including:

  • Drafting research memos regarding plastic bag ordinances
  • Communicating with various municipalities and government agencies to procure documents
  • Verifying the details of various ordinances
  • Summarizing recent litigation involving plastic bags
  • Writing guest blog posts
  • Attending public hearings and meetings of stakeholder groups

Experience with HTML and database management strongly preferred.

Most work will be done remotely, but preference will be given to candidates in the NYC area that are currently enrolled in a degree program related to environmental law or policy.

To apply, please send a resume and a cover letter expressing your interest in the subject to jennie[at]plasticbaglaws.org.

Canadian Plastics Industry Groups Files Lawsuit Regarding Toronto’s Ban That’s Eerily Similar to SPBC’s Litigation Strategy in California

The next venue for plastic bag litigation appears to be Toronto, Canada. The Toronto City Council adopted a five-cent plastic bag charge in 2008, which was effective in reducing plastic bag use by 50% and increasing reusable bag use. In May 2012, the City Council adopted a plastic bag ban in response to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s call to abolish the five-cent charge. This adoption was done quickly, but relied on the voluminous study behind the original adoption of the 2008 charge.

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Join plasticbaglaws.org at a “5 Gyres” ocean plastic pollution presentation in NYC

Please join Jennie R. Romer, founder of plasticbaglaws.org & Atlantic region director of the Clean Seas Coalition, this Thursday at an ocean plastic pollution research event in NYC with 5 Gyres & Surfrider Foundation NYC.  As part of their “5 Gyres Last Straw Plastic Pollution Bike Tour,” Stiv & Carolynn from 5 Gyres will be giving a great presentation on their work researching plastics in ocean gyres.

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