Bag ban returns in Homer, Alaska

Posted on September 30, 2012 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations

Plastics News – Bag ban returns in Homer, Alaska.

The ban on single-use disposable plastic carryout bags is back on in Homer, Alaska.

Homer City Council voted Sept .24 to override a veto of the bill by Mayor James Hornaday. That means the ban will go into effect Jan. 1, as originally scheduled.

Plastic bag bans are in place in three of the 14 largest and five of the 29 largest cities in the United States: San Francisco, San Jose, Calif.; Austin, Texas, Seattle and Portland, Ore.

In addition, Los Angeles — the nation’s second-largest city with a population of 4 million — this summer set in motion a plan to ban single-use plastic bags.

More than half of the plastic bag bans in the United States — 44 — have been enacted this year. In addition, three communities — Aspen, Colo.; Washington, D.C., and Montgomery County, Md. — have fees on plastic carryout bags.

This is refreshing indeed to see the rate of enactment of these plastic bag bans this past one year.  We hope the momentum increases to further cites to protect their (and out as plastic waste is a global problem) environments as well.