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"The Outer Banks is set to become the first community on the East Coast to banish those wispy plastic bags. Gov. Bev Perdue is expected to sign the bill that bans large local retailers from using the ubiquitous bags, spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson said Tuesday. The state Senate passed the bill 44-2 on Monday.
"Hawaii’s Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, designated by President Bush, may be the next stop [for plastic bag waste].
Our families often debate what to do with old plastic bags or how to break friends and families from using resealable bags (like sandwich bags) at home. Its certainly difficult - the younger generations were raised on resealable bags and therefore, don't often think of discarding them.
You already bring your own carrier bag to the farmer's market, and yet so many of us still rely on the plastic produce bags offered by the vendors. A trend in farmer's markets nationwide is to ban these bags, but if your farmer's market hasn't done so yet, here are some tips for packing your carrier bag so you won't need to use any plastic produce bags.
From the Paramus Post (New Jersey): http://www.paramuspost.com/article.php/20090614183654231
Five Cent Bag Tax Wins Final Council Vote
The District gave its final unanimous vote in favor of charging a nickel for each paper and plastic bag that residents get from restaurants, pharmacies and grocers in an effort to clean up the Anacostia watershed.
Becoming responsible to our environment: paper, plastic or cotton bags?
By Frosty Wooldridge
Denver Political Issues Examiner
As from June 1, Altesa Supermarkets started charging for their biodegradable plastic bags at one céntimo each. On its' sales ticket it says "Help protect our Islands. Everyone for the environment." also referring clients to a website referring to degradable plastics.
The Madison Common Council on Tuesday night approved an ordinance requiring residents to take unsoiled plastic bags in for recycling. The ordinance bans throwing clean plastic bags away in the trash, but it allows people to throw away used, soiled plastic bags.
Store owners and city residents united Tuesday against a proposed 25-cent surcharge on plastic and paper bags used in Baltimore, saying the plan would burden small businesses and city residents struggling through difficult economic times.