NYC City Council committee hears plastic bag bill Wednesday, law journal article about NYC bag bill now available

This Wednesday (Nov 19th) at 1:00pm, the New York City Council’s Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management will hear the bill to put a 10-cent charge on carryout bags at all stores in NYC.   This is the only opportunity for members of the public to comment on the legislation.  There will also be a press conference and rally right before the hearing at noon on City Hall steps. Read the rest of this entry »

NYC Bring Your Own Bag Week is Sept 15-21

Do you live in New York City? Then you’ve seen plastic bags blowing through traffic, stuck in trees and clogging our sewers. If you’ve had enough of the litter and waste, you’re on the right track.  If you don’t think these bags are a problem, think again.

Sept 15th-21st we challenge NYC to #BYOBag!

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California’s Statewide Bag Bill Clears the Assembly, Heads to the Senate

California’s statewide bag bill SB 270 cleared the Assembly today and heads to the Senate.  After 12 attempts at statewide bag legislation over 6 years, California could be set for a bag ban statewide.

If you live in California and are supportive of this bill, please call your state Senator TODAY (the vote could be today).  Find your Senator’s contact information here.




Aspen, CO Win’s Lawsuit Defending Their Carryout Bag Ordinance

The City of Aspen, CO adopted a local law placing a fee on carryout bags in 2011.  The ordinance  bans single-use plastic bags in Aspen’s grocery stores and imposes a $0.20 fee per paper bag used by most shoppers in Aspen’s grocery stores and was meant as an environmental and public health protection measure to incentivize shoppers to use reusable bags in order to reduce the environmental impacts and waste generated by single-use paper and plastic bags. Read the rest of this entry »

California’s Statewide Bag Bill (SB 270) Passes Appropriations Committee and Heads to a Vote on the Assembly Floor

California’s statewide bag bill (SB 270) would ban thin plastic carryout bags and mandate that retailers charge at least 10 cents for all other carryout bags.  SB 270 passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Thursday.  The bill now heads to the Assembly floor for vote. Read the rest of this entry »

How Much Should A Carryout Bag Cost?

What should the minimum charge for a paper (or reusable) carryout bag be?  That’s a popular question among cities developing plastic bag reduction ordinances.
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Press Conference For the Re-Introduction of NYC’s Single-Use Bag Bill on Wednesday at 11am

The press conference will be on Wednesday, March 26th at 11:00am on the steps of City Hall.

Click here to RSVP to the Facebook invite.

Click here to read a NY Post article about the bill.

S.T.O.P. Bags Student Conference in NYC This Saturday

The Hewitt School and Green Schools Alliance are hosting a city-wide conference this Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 10am to 2pm at The Hewitt School, 45 East 75th Street, NYC.

The conference is open to all NYC middle and high school students, called Students Take On Plastic Bags (S.T.O.P. Bags). This unique student-led conference will feature a keynote address by Ron Gonen, NYC Deputy Commissioner for Recycling and Sustainability.

The conference will also feature Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer, as a special speaker and guest judge. Additional judges include:

– Lisa Bloodgood (Community Liaison & Environmental Advisor for CM Stephen Levin, Dist. 33)
– Eric Goldstein (Natural Resources Defense Council)
– Ya-Ting Liu (NY League of Conservation Voters)
– Saleen Shah (Citizens Committee for NYC)

Special mentor/student “coaching” sessions will be offered by noted environmental advocates for all student attendees. Some of these “coaches” include:

– Lily Belanger (Program Director, No Impact Project)
– Jordan Christensen (Citizens Campaign for the Environment)
– Tim Clare (Surfrider Foundation)
– Ashel Eldridge (environmental educator and entertainer)
– Gala Narezo (Activist and Plastic Bag Mandela Artist)
– Veronique Pittman (Green Schools Alliance)
– Eadaoin Quinn (Education Coordinator for SIMS Municipal Recycling)
– Jennie Romer (environmental lawyer and founder of
– Leslie Mintz Tamminen (Ocean Program Director, 7th Generation Advisors)
– Logan Welde (Staff Attorney, Clean Air Council of Philadelphia)

The conference seeks to empower middle and high school students on how to speak with their respective council member and how to testify before city council about the upcoming plastic bag legislation. The conference will conclude with a student competition for the best one-minute testimonial/presentation, and a performance of “Plastic State of Mind” by educator, rapper, emcee, producer, and founder of Earth Amplified, Ash-El Eldridge.

Click here for more information and to register.

Click here for the press release.


RE-SCHEDULED: Screening of the Film “Bag It” at Columbia University

Presented by the SIPA Sustainability Committee at Columbia University (view revised poster here)

Wed, February 19th, 6:30pm-8:30pm

International Affairs Building, Rm 1219

Columbia University’s Harriman Institute (Morningside Campus)

420 W 118th St, New York, NY 10027

A screening of the film Bag It followed by a discussion with Jennie R. Romer, Esq. founder of

To RSVP, please email Please email Ben Salley at (space is limited).

Radio Segment About NYC’s Proposed Plastic Bag Legislation

Check out this short (4 minute) radio segment on Brooklyn’s Heritage Radio Network featuring Jennie Romer from discussing NYC’s proposed plastic bag ordinance: Read the rest of this entry »