A resource for legislative bodies considering laws limiting the use of plastic bags.



why regulate plastic bags?

Plastic bags are harmful to the environment and costly to taxpayers. Regulation minimizes windblown litter, marine impacts, issues with waste management, and more.


 From the blog


Supreme Court of Texas Strikes Down Laredo's Bag Ban — Why We Should All Be Alarmed

Last month the Supreme Court of Texas struck down Laredo’s plastic bag ban, finding that a statewide Solid Waste statute adopted in 1993 preempts the local bag ban. Read PlasticBagLaws.org founder, Jennie Romer's, post for the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation here.

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Day of Action to Demand Changes to Cuomo’s Proposed Bag Bill

On June 6th there will be the Bring Your Own Bag Call-In Day.  We encourage you to call Governor Cuomo and voice your concern for our environment and support of Senate Bill S7760 and Assembly Bill A9953 which would ban single-use plastic bags and put a 10-cent fee on paper bags.

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New York City Residents use and discard about 10 billion plastic bags every year. The city is in serious need of a plastic bag law. We teamed up with Papel & Caneta to create a video about the issue, featuring bodega owners from the 5 NYC boroughs.  Watch and share the #VoteWithYourTote video today, then learn more about how to get involved.

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Jennie Romer is a national expert on carryout bag policy whose expertise is routinely sought by legislators, community groups, and businesses. She currently works as an attorney, policy advisor, and sustainability consultant in NYC. 

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