I'm wondering how prevalent this is. Do you have a plastic bag law in your city?
Not in Atlanta but I always feel guilty when I forget my cloth bags in the trunk. ..I should really try harder
I think LA is the only 1 so far with this law.
Sort of. They have to be recycled, but they are still used. I take my own bags and gave for at least 20 years. I hate seeing those damn bags twisted way up high on trees.
Yes. In addition to that law, black plastic bags are no longer allowed because they are not "lake compatible." Figure that.
Austin TX YUP
A law? As in what? You can't use them? Shops can't put your shopping in them? And if you do are you fined?Then, no.
San Francisco, yes.
Not yet but they say it's coming
DC and Montgomery county in Maryland charge 5 cent plastic bag fee to encourage people to bring their own reusable bag
Yes, several counties near Montreal have it (mine incl.) but not all. Re-usable bags are easy to use. Paper bags are still available.
no more legislation, please.
people already know that plastic bags are bad for the environment, we just have to get used to using cloth/reusable bags. i forget all the time to bring my own bags, but i'm getting better. if i have a small item, i won't take the store's bag.
Yup, DC here confirming this.
I'm not sure if they're banned here in the city limits or you're just required to pay 5¢ for the bag, but plastic bags are hard to come by where I am.
I keep a lot of cloth/reusable bags in my vehicle and carry two Chico bags in my commuter bag, so I rarely need to spend the 5¢.
Nebraska does not, ive been to the dump recently and that alone will make you SOP using plastic bags, they are everywhere, its disgusting.
Starting in January 2015, residents in Dallas will be charged a nickel for every plastic or paper bag they use.
Atl! I have my reusies with me right now I've finally stopped forgetting now that I dropped the car
From the Bay Area and this is in effect here. You can buy bags for 10 cents but most everyone brings them. It's been a law around here for around 2 years.
Enties, what is your fascination with plastic bags?
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It's been suggested here a few times but never implemented. Most places charge for plastic bags now though.
There is a law in N.Ireland that you must pay a 5p levy for one. Otherwise you must bring your own.
A what?WTF will they legislate next?!
Not here, but The Outer Banks banned them. I hate them, they kill sea turtles.
Yes. And I've also just recently joined Greenpeace.
They had it in Fort McMurray of all places. Never mind about all the toxic emissions and tailings, leading Alberta in no plastic bag policy!
They had it in Toronto, but it was overturned. So for now, no ban.
Seattle yes. No more plastic bags in stores, and if you forget to bring yours I think it's either 5 or 10 cents for paper. It's no big deal, and if you happen to have a dog you still get plenty of smaller plastic bags from your produce purchases.
The only problem is I always forget my cloth and I do use and reuse the paper bags I get for my recyclables, I have a huge pile.
No law here! I use them, and dump them in the trash when eveything is out of them.
San Jose: yes we have that law. No plastic bags at all and 10 cents for a paper bag, so you bring your own. We have all adjusted people – no whining please.
Dallas JUST passed one, but it hasn't gone into effect yet. The outside cities including Ft. Worth do not have one that I'm aware of, but I assume it will spread out like cigarette bans did. Starting in the big cities and working its way out to the suburbs…
We don't have the plastic bag laws yet, but since my area has a clothesline law (i.e., it's illegal, no matter how environmentally friendly it is), and a garage sale license law, I'm betting it won't be too long before the InsaneAndPointlessLaws Council gets around to it.
And paper bags will cost you a dime if you didn't bring your own.
We don't have a law in Portland, but the reusable are strongly pushed/encouraged, and some stores just don't have plastic as an option. I'll be sad if they go away because I always save them to reuse for scooping out the litter box
Yup. In Seattle we do.
Yes in Sonoma County.
Yes, we have this in Huntington Beach. I hate it
Yes in Bellingham WA, but I don't live here, just work here. Local University is no longer permitting the sale of bottled (plain) water, too.
I'm with Simon and FearN.
No, nothing like that here, but we got cut back from two large green bags per week to one.
Not yet here in Vancouver. However, a popular drug store chain here in Canada charges a nickel for a bag if you don't have your own, and a chain of stores that sells things like purses, wallets luggage, etc charges for a cloth bag…a nickel for a smaller one, a quarter for a large one.
West Hollywood, yes!Los Angeles, yes!Santa Monica, yes!
Nope, how else would I make deep philosophical films of plastic bags, mixing with leaves and blowing in the wind. If I've learned anything from movies, particularly the work of Kevin Spacey, it's that if I make crap like that and say it represents my soul or some crap like that, big breasted teen girls will show me their boobs through an open window.
@Rowdy: God Bless Big Teen Boobs.
Hey Rowdy, we were just talking about American Beauty!
Yup. Yay Seattle!
Yes, Portland does and its an ordinance.
Richmond Va doesn't
One's coming up for a city council vote soon. I hope it fails. We could never buy enough reusable bags to accommodate the way we shop. We recycle the plastic bags, so I don't see it as a big deal. Doing passing something like this to "keep bags out of the trees" is silly since if it weren't that it would be something else. You can't legislate people's stupidity
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