Campaign to End Single-Use Plastic Bags

Now is the time to act. Plastic bags are costing your jurisdiction and other local and state agencies millions each year in cleanup costs alone. Despite their lightweight and compact characteristics, plastic bags disproportionately impact the solid waste and recycling stream and persist in the environment even after they have broken down.

In California, 13 billion plastic bags are distributed annually, and only 3% are recycled. Plastic bag ordinances currently cover 37 percent of the state’s population.

With the recent enactment of California's plastic bag ban, the state is poised to be plastic bag free in grocery, drug, and convenience stores by July 2015. This environmental victory paves the way for local and state governments across the nation to follow.

Check out resources for banning plastic bans on our Bag Ban Tool Kit

FAQ - Living Without Plastic Grocery Bags

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Plastic Bag News:

Nov 6 - "CA vs Big Plastic" to Fight Plastic Bag Ban Referendum Effort (Press Release)

Sept 30 - CA Governor Signs Nation's First Statewide Plastic Bag Ban Into Law (Press Release)

Aug 29 - CA Makes History, Passes First Statewide Bag Ban (Press Release)

May 9 - Plastic Group Drops Lawsuit on Santa Cruz Bag Ban

Apr 16 - Supreme Court Denies Petition to Review Favorable Ruling for SF Bag Ban

Oct. 2 - CA Supreme Court Denies Petition, Upholds Marin County Bag Ruling

May 16 - Big Win: CA Supreme Court Denies Challenge to LA Bag Ban

Jul 14 - Supreme Court Ruling on Manhattan Beach Bag Ordinance

Links to All Latest Plastic Bag News Articles

TAKE ACTION on Local Ordinances to Restrict Plastic Pollution

Learn More Here:

List of Local Ordinances Passed in California

Plastic Bags

Bag Ban Toolkit

Plastic Litter and Waste Reduction Campaign

We're fighting to stop plastic bag pollution, but in order to continue, we need your help. Donate to CAW today or join our membership listserve and help the Campaign to End Single Use Plastic Bags.