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 »
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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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 plasticbaglaws.com)
– 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.
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 plasticbaglaws.org
To RSVP, please email Please email Ben Salley at email@example.com (space is limited).
The Immortal Plastic Bag is a short film by Joe Harvell, Aaron Reiss, and Jamie Hefetz featured in Gothamist.com today. The film details some of the harms caused by plastic carryout bags in New York City, particularly how plastic bags clog machinery at the City’s recycling facilities.
Since the film was made, plastic bag legislation was introduced in NYC Council that would require a 10-cent minimum charge on all carryout bags. To get involved please visit BagItNYC.org and fill out this online petition.
Last month, NYC Council Members introduced legislation aimed at reducing plastic bag consumption in NYC. Read the rest of this entry »