We at The Green Garmento love it when we get word that another state, county or city has made an effort to ban plastic bags. Usually when we read news about it we share it with you on Facebook and Twitter, but understanding the magnitude of each baby step may get lost. So in celebration of progressive legislation, we decided to post a list of every place in the USA that has or is cureently trying to get rid of that troublesome plastic! Without further ado, we bring you FANTASTIC PLACES!
City officials voted in July 2009 to ban plastic bags and takeout containers. The ban went into effect in September 2010.
In September 2009, Fairbanks adopted a 5 cent price requirement on plastic bags. This was rescinded one month later.
The plastic bag ban in Hooper Bay went into effect in August 2010.
The Calabasas City Council unanimously adopted a plastic bag ban with a minimum ten cent price requirement on paper bags in February 2011.
Fairfax adopted its ban on plastic bags August 2007. After a legal challenge by the plastic industry, Fairfax voters overwhelmingly adopted a plastic bag ban by initiative in November 2008.
On May 17, 2011, the City of Long Beach passed a bag ordinance with a 5-0 vote. It banned single-use plastic bags and placed a 10 cent minimum price requirement on paper bags. The ordinance is effective in larger stores starting in August 2011, and will expand to others stores in 2012.
Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County banned plastic bags and placed a 10 cent minimum price requirement on recycled paper bags in November 2010. It is effective July 2011, and expands to other stores in January 2012.
Los Angeles City
The City of Los Angeles adopted a resolution in 2008 banning plastic bags 2010 if the State Legislature has not yet by that time put a fee on them.
The Malibu City Council voted to ban plastic bags in May 2008.
The Manhattan Beach City Council voted to ban plastic bags in July 2008. (Suspended by plastic industry lawsuit.)
Marin County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of an ordinance restricting the free distribution of single-use bags in January 2011, effective January 2012.
Oakland passed a ban on plastic bags in July 2007. (Suspended by plastic industry lawsuit.)
The Palo Alto City Council voted March 2009 to ban plastic bags at large supermarkets and announced their intention to consider expanding the ban to cover all retail stores as well as enacting a fee on paper bags.
San Francisco became the first city in the nation to ban plastic shopping bags in March 2007.
San Jose City Council passed a ban on plastic bags in December 2010. It is effective January 2012. For the first two years, paper bags will be sold under this ordinance at 10 cents each; after two years the minimum price per paper bag is 25 cents each.
Santa Clara County
On April 26, 2011, the County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of a single-use bag ordinance. The ordinance bans single-use plastic bags and places a 15 cent minimum price requirement on single-use paper bags throughout unincorporated county areas. It is effective January 1, 2012.
The Santa Monica City Council unanimously voted for a ban on single-use plastic bags and a cost pass-through requirement per recyclable paper bag in January 2011.
The town of Telluride, CO banned plastic bags in October 2010. The ban went into effect March 2011, with a 10 cent price requirement on paper bags effective January 2011.
In September 2008, Westport became the first Connecticut city to ban plastic bags.
District of Columbia
The District of Columbia Council voted June 2009 to require retailers to charge a $0.05 fee on all carryout bags.
Kaui banned plastic bags in October 2009. The ordinance became effective on January 11, 2011.
Maui banned plastic bags in August 2008. The ordinance became effective on January 11, 2011.
The County followed the example of the neighboring District of Columbia and passed a 5 cent minimum price requirement on single-use plastic and paper bags in May 2011. It is effective January 2012. Unlike the DC ordinance, this ordinance applies to all retailers.
In April 2011, the Southampton Village Board unanimously approved a ban on non-biodegradable bags for retailers, supermarkets and restaurants.
Hyde, Currituck and Dare Counties
The North Carolina Legislatures banned plastic in the Barrier Islands in June 2009. The ban was extended to all businesses in the three counties in 2010.
The City of Brownsville became the first in its state to ban plastic bags. The ban became effective January 2011.
In 2010, the City of Fort Stockton banned single-use plastic bags from stores, effective March 2011.
South Padre Island
In January 2011, South Padre Island passed a bag ordinance banning plastic single-use carryout bags that is effective 2012.
Edmonds banned plastic bags at all retail stores in July 2009.
The Seattle City Council voted to require retailers to charge a $0.25 on all single-use carryout bags in July 2008. (Overturned by plastic industry-financed initiative.)
Special thanks to Campaign For Recyling for originally posting this list.