More Cities Banning Plastic Bags (Scientific American)

illegal sushi fishingPlastic bags might be handy for dog owners who live in town, but they also jam landfills, litter the seas and harm wildlife. However, our love affair with the plastic bag might be nearing its end. Today 133 American cities or counties have imposed controls, Mark Fischetti reports for Scientific American“The measures range from charges of 5 to 20 cents for every bag that is handed out by cashiers, to full bans—usually on so-called thin plastic bags, which are only intended for one-time use,” he writes.

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  1. Savina Venkova says:

    Mark Fischetti of the Scientific American is not reporting that 133 American cities or counties have imposed controls–he is simply quoting Earth Policy Institute Research. The report can be found here: http://www.earth-policy.org/plan_b_updates/2014/update123. Fischetti himself says: “Today 133 American cities or counties have imposed controls, according to a recent update from the Earth Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. A database of the regulations can be downloaded here (Excel file).”

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