Banning the use of plastic disposable shopping bags in California has had an unexpected consequence: a spike in deaths in San Francisco, caused from E. coli food poisoning, according to a report published by the Food Poisoning Bulletin. According to researchers, Jonathan Klick and Joshua D. Wright, both hospital admissions and deaths from E. coli spiked in San Francisco almost immediately following the first phase of that city’s Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance went into effect in October 2007. Deaths from Read More
The Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association (BASMAA), has called for a statewide ban on plastic disposable bags. It issued a statement urging city governments that have not already done so to approve such bans, following the counties of both Santa Clara and San Mateo, that have both banned the use of plastic bags in unincorporated areas. BASMAA representatives say that plastic bags lead to water pollution, increased litter and stormwater drain issues. “In a baseline survey of Bay Area Read More
IKEA announced that it will stop selling plastic disposable shopping bags in its stores in Singapore, from 23 March, 2013. IKEA first announced six years ago that disposable plastic bags would be supplied for a charge, with the proceeds from the sales donated to fund eco-education programs run by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Since then, it has donated close to S$550,000 to support conservation programmes. The money was raised from 18 million pieces of plastic bags that Read More
Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, says it’s time for California to adopt a statewide ban on plastic bags similar to ones already in place in several Bay Area cities. He is confident that he can persuade his colleagues in Sacramento to support the nation’s first statewide ban of disposable plastic shopping bags. Newly elected Levine said that a ban is necessary because the bags are not recyclable, they were being sent to landfills where they can take up to 1,000 Read More
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