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Dallas passes bag fee, but Texas may halt process before it begins


March 28, 2014 11:50 am ET

The city of Dallas is the latest to join the growing list of municipalities enacting a fee or tax on plastic bags.

Durango, Colo., voters repeal grocery bag fee


November 8, 2013 12:24 pm ET

Voters in Durango, Colo., have repealed an ordinance to put a 10-cent fee on plastic bags.

Europe lets states choose how to cut bag use


November 4, 2013 2:31 pm ET

The European Commission has announced its proposal for reducing the use of lightweight plastic carrier bags in the Europe Union, which gives EU member states the freedom to choose the measures they find most appropriate, including charges, national reduction targets or a ban under certain conditions.

Issaquah, Wash., voters to decide fate of plastic bag ban


November 1, 2013 12:56 pm ET

Voters in Issaquah, Wash., will have an opportunity to repeal the city’s plastic bag ban in early 2014.

FTC cracks down on biodegradability claims


October 30, 2013 10:31 pm ET

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has taken aim at five plastics companies, alleging they used false or misleading claims of biodegradability. But one of those companies plans to fight the charges, saying it will win in the long run.

San Diego to consider plastic bag ban


October 29, 2013 4:45 pm ET

A San Diego City Council committee advanced a proposed plastic bag ban, and the city’s attorney will likely tweak the language in the bill before the full body votes on the measure.

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New bag alliance leader ready to defend plastic


October 3, 2013 2:41 pm ET

After retiring from Alcoa Inc., Lee Califf needed a hip replacement. And after his recovery was completed, he was itching to get back to work. “Once I recovered from that, I was ready to get back and do something else,” he said....

Homer, Alaska, voters overturn plastic bag ban


October 3, 2013 2:37 pm ET

“Paper or plastics?” might become a common question again at retail stores in Homer, Alaska, as voters have likely overturned the city’s plastic bag ban.

Court rejects appeal of Marin County, Calif., bag ban


October 3, 2013 2:32 pm ET

The California Supreme Court denied a petition to review an appeal against a plastic bag ban in Marin County.

Denver delays vote on bag tax


October 1, 2013 3:51 pm ET

The Denver City Council delayed final action on a proposal to put a 5-cent fee on plastic and paper bags.

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