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PVD City Council Bans Plastic Bags!

Did this really happen?! Last night the Providence City Council joined seven other Rhode Island communities in banning single-use plastic bags! Well done Providence City Council and THANK YOU! The ordinance was sponsored by City Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan who represents Ward 5, the Elmhurst, Mount Pleasant, and Manton neighborhoods. She should be remembered at the

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Plastic Bag Ordinance Before City Council

(3.15) This Thursday the Providence City Council will consider an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags, and it’s about time. Seven other Rhode Island communities have already instituted such bans and seem to be coping just fine. (ProJo 3.10.18) The movement to ban single-use plastic bags in Rhode Island is gaining ground with the capital city

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California First State To Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a ban on single-use plastic bags. Paper bags and reusable plastic bags will be available at checkout counters for a 10-cent fee intended to prod shoppers to remember their own reusable bags. The measure is intended to reduce the number of plastic bags that clog rivers, snag

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Statewide Plastic Bag Ban Hearing

(3.20) The Rhode Island House of Representatives Environment and Natural Resources Committee is hearing a bill that would ban plastic bags statewide. Tim Faulkner writes at ecoRI: For the second straight year, Rep. Maria Cimini, D-Providence, has sponsored the Plastic Waste Reduction Act, a bill that would ban retailers from offering most checkout plastic bags.

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old bags vs. sea turtles

Why can’t we be bold on this one? The continued production and use of plastic bags is no longer defensible — we can solve this problem decisively, or whizz it slowly down our leg. As reported yesterday, our legislators are considering four versions of the most protracted and piecemeal combinations of taxes and rebates imaginable,

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Why I Love the Irish

As reported in the New York Times, Ireland has virtually eliminated the hated plastic grocery bag by imposing a 33¢ tax on each one. The law prohibits grocers from absorbing the cost. Faster than anyone could have predicted people switched to the reusable totes. If you are looking for a way to feel smug about

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