The State of California Bans the Plastic Bag

Posted on Sep 30 2014 by Tracy Russo
After an insistent year-long campaign by environmental and citizen activists, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law yesterday SB 270, legislation introduced by State Senator Alex Padilla (D) from Los Angeles. The legislation prohibits the use of single-use plastic bags in grocery and retail stores throughout the state of California, the first state in the nation to do so. The bill actually goes beyond...

Washington, DC bans foam food containers

Posted on Jun 27 2014 by Jane Patton
District of Columbia councilmembers voted on Tuesday, June 24th to ban plastic-foam food and drink containers in the district by January 1, 2016. Further, food and beverage outlets would be required to offer only compostable or recyclable containers by 2018. Read more at The Washington Post.

Plastic Free Times Seeks an Intern

Posted on Sep 18 2013 by Plastic Pollution Coalition
Plastic Free Times, the fast growing media portal for news and information on plastic pollution, is seeking a dynamic and motivated intern. The intern will work under  the guidance of the Managing Editor of Plastic Free Times and will be responsible for: Updating the map of legislative actions. Conducting research and drafting content for PPC’s website. Assist with social networking initiatives. Assist...

Rio+20: UNEP Marine Litter Side Event

Posted on Jun 18 2012 by Daniella Dimitrova Russo
Today we attended UNEP’s event titled “Marine Litter: Preventing Our Oceans From Becoming Dumps”. The event was organized by UNEP’s GPA, i.e. “Global Programme for Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from land-Based Activities“. The key speakers were Jane Lubchenko – replaced by an senior official in NOAA; Doug Woodring – Co-founder...

PPC contributes to international Marine Debris report

Posted on Feb 04 2012 by Jane Patton
Plastic Pollution Coalition welcomes the publication of Marine Debris as a Global Environmental Problem: Introducing a solutions-based framework focused on plastic. This report is significant for three main reasons: It is clearly focused on plastic as the both the main component and the main problem of what has been euphemistically referred to in previous documents as “marine debris.” It...

Help Keep EPA Focused on Reducing Plastic Packaging, Not on Recycling It

Posted on Jan 31 2012 by Jane Patton
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a report on packaging recovery, entitled “Dialogue on Sustainable Financing of Recycling: Dialogue Report on Consumer Packaging“. The report is grossly misguided, as it is focused entirely on recycling – the final “R” in the order of preference for sustainability. It is imperative that groups supporting sustainable...

Lisa Kaas Boyle Steps in as PPC’s Legal Policy Director

Posted on Jul 13 2011 by Plastic Pollution Coalition
We are pleased to announce that, effective July 1, 2011, co-founder Lisa Kaas Boyle, Esq. has stepped in as our Legal Policy Director. Lisa is an experienced lawyer with extensive background in environmental advocacy and legislative work. In this position, Lisa will be coordinating with member organizations to develop and pursue legal strategies to advance the mission of Plastic Pollution Coalition. As...

Don’t Let Cynical Lobbyists Derail Marin’s Plastic Bag Ban!

Posted on Jan 05 2011 by Amy Westervelt
Well, no one ever accused industry shills of being dummies. A group called the “Save the Plastic Bag Coalition” is trotting out a tried and true tactic to hold up Marin County’s plastic bag ban–invoking the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). If that sounds counterintuitive that’s because it is. Here’s the deal: To comply with CEQA, new projects in the state...

Marin County Could Pave the Way for More Municipal Bag Bans

Posted on Dec 28 2010 by Amy Westervelt
On January 4th, the Marin County Board of Supervisors will vote on a single-use bag ordinance. While it’s certainly not the first of such ordinances to be considered, particularly in California, it is unique in one important way:  Marin County plans to rely on a categorical exemption to CEQA (click here for more info) and not prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The City...

Schwarzenegger Guts Green Chemistry Initiative … and His Rep as a “Green” Governor

Posted on Dec 08 2010 by Amy Westervelt
Back in 2008, everyone cheered when California’s Governor Schwarzenegger signed two bills (AB 1879 and SB 509) known collectively as the Green Chemistry Initiative. Dozens of environmental and public health nonprofits set to work laboring alongside state representatives over the course of two years to craft regulations that would tighten oversight of the 80,000-odd chemicals on the market...