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Asia's plastics associations see progress in bag ban battles


September 27, 2013 3:21 pm ET

TAIZHOU, CHINA — Some of Asia's national plastics associations believe they're starting to turn the tide in their battles against bag bans and other restrictions on plastic packaging. They're crediting advertising campaigns and grassroots...

Bag failure leads to wrongful-death lawsuit


August 29, 2013 3:53 pm ET

Alleged failure of a plastic bag is at the center of a wrongful-death lawsuit against America's largest plastic bag maker and the country's largest retailer: Hilex Poly Co. LLC and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Tax vs. fee at issue in Denver bag-ban proposal


August 23, 2013 2:40 pm ET

While officials in Denver are expected to debate the merits of a plastic and paper bag fee in early September, opponents of the measure say the fee isn’t a fee at all. Instead they say it’s a tax.

Proposal to double Northern Ireland bag tax triggers retailer ire


August 23, 2013 2:23 pm ET

There are early indications of a significant reduction in the number of single-use carrier bags handed out in Northern Ireland as a result of a 5 pence charge for plastic bags.

New bill would put 10-cent charge on grocery bags in New York City


August 20, 2013 4:08 pm ET

A bill to force New York City grocers to charge 10 cents for each paper or plastic bag they give customers was unveiled Tuesday, eliciting immediate opposition from some in the business community.

Command Packaging setting up recycling plant


August 14, 2013 4:46 pm ET

Peter Grande has a vision to match his name and it involves diverting millions of pounds of agricultural plastics away from landfills.

Trade group attacks Scottish bag tax assessment


August 7, 2013 3:03 pm ET

The Packaging and Films Association (Pafa) has called the Scottish government's impact assessment on carrier bag charges "flawed" because it failed to take into account the success of voluntary reduction schemes and the likely effects on jobs.

Half of Australia’s territories, states now ban thin HDPE bags


June 27, 2013 2:19 pm ET

Half of Australia’s states and territories have now banned single-use, lightweight plastic bags. The island state of Tasmania passed legislation banning bags May 29. South Australia was the country’s first state to ban HDPE bags, in May 2009; the Northern Territory followed in September 2011; and the Australian Capital Territory in...

Los Angeles City Council votes to ban plastic bags


June 18, 2013 4:35 pm ET

The Los Angeles City Council today voted to ban single-use plastic grocery bags. The city becomes the largest in the country to adopt an ordinance to phase out plastic grocery bags.

New York City Council plans plastic-bag crackdown


June 12, 2013 11:08 am ET

Five years after a failed push to tax single-use plastic shopping bags, the City Council is preparing new legislation to get New Yorkers to find another way to carry groceries, goods and take-out. Environmentalists are massing in support, but industry opposition is likely.

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