During the past several months, over 3,000 Care2 activists have signed our petition asking the city of Austin to ban single-use plastic bags.
And it worked!
On March 6, the city of Austin, Texas, joined several other cities around the world in banning single-use plastic bags.
Austin City Council passed one of the broadest bag bans in the country, now, the city must determine the penalties for refusing to comply with the law.
According to the Austin American-Statesman reports that the law will go into affect March 2013.
The law will prohibit retailers from offering single use paper, and plastic bags at retail checkout counters.
Although more than two dozen U.S. cities have bag laws, Austin is the first large city in Texas to pass the bag ban.
There are many reasons to ban plastic bags, including the fact that they are made from petroleum and take a very long time to decompose, if indeed they ever do. Single-use plastic bags are everywhere, with between 500 billion and a trillion produced worldwide each year. Most are used to carry groceries from grocery stores to cars and homes. Although many are reused, countless more end up as litter, where they choke or starve sea life and spread nonnative species around the world.
Santa Monica, California, started implementing its plastic bag ban last September, while in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, the same ban went into effect on July 1, 2011. The California Grocers Association said they favored a statewide ban to make the rule easier to implement, but that hasn’t happened yet.
The trend is spreading around the world! And thank you to all the Care2 activists who signed our petition!
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