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California's attempt to cut down on plastic bags has unintended consequences, spurring new legislative action

In the decade following California's celebrated first-in-the-nation single-use plastic bag ban, plastic bag waste jumped by nearly 50%. What went wrong?

Susanne Rust reports for The Los Angeles Times.

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New Jersey's plastic consumption triples after plastic bag ban enacted, study shows

Jersey's plastic ban was meant to mitigate its plastic consumption, but one study found the replacement bags may have tripled its plastic consumption.
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Draft N.C. budget provision threatens plastic bag ban pursuit

Draft state budget language restricting how counties regulate containers poses a hurdle for local efforts to ban plastic bags.
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Pittsburgh's plastic bag ban: What you need to know

Once the ban goes into effect, you will no longer receive free plastic bags in the city of Pittsburgh when you shop at a retail store. Instead, you will either have to pay 10 cents to purchase a paper bag, buy a reusable bag or bring your own reusable bag.
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Does California have a plastic bag ban or what?

California’s 2014 bag ban law focused on grocery stores, which can no longer give you one of those thin plastic bags. But they can sell you a heftier sack made of high-density polyethylene, or HDPE.

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Plastic waste puts millions of world’s poorest at higher risk from floods

More than 200 million face more intense and frequent floods due to plastic pollution blocking drainage systems, report finds.