Category: bags


Mid-February Legislative Update

We are one month into the three-month session of the Maryland General Assembly. Here’s a quick report on bills we are following: SB707/HB718 Community Cleanup and Greening Act: This is the bag bill. This year we are proposing that all…

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Update from Annapolis

Trash Free Maryland is very busy in Annapolis right now, working the General Assembly to pass three bills to reduce trash in neighborhoods and waterways across the state. The three bills are – disposable bag fee for Maryland. This is…

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This holiday season, bring your bag!

Awesome campaign from Montgomery County reminding people to bring their own bag–and fight litter–when shopping this holiday season. Check out this video!

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Early numbers are in from Montgomery County

Montgomery County’s bag fee earned $154,000 for the county’s Water Quality Improvement Fund in January. This figure is based on tax receipts from many county retailers, and is the remainder after the retailers kept their portion (one cent from every…

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Plastics industry introduces two weak alternatives

Two industry-written proposals have been introduced in the General Assembly in recent days. Their intent is to make it look like the industry is “doing something.” In fact, they will only encourage complacency and confuse people when stronger, more effective…

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Bag Humor

We spotted this funny on xkcd.com. Enjoy!

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How much plastic is in your community?

Props to the Surfrider Foundation’s Cape Fear Chapter for this excellent, simple video: This is a terrific project for your volunteers to do. Just head out to a regular roadside in your community and pluck the bags out of the…

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Your cloth bags are not going to poison you

The wire stories about bacteria in reusable bags are starting to make the rounds again. (Funny how they re-emerge during key points in campaigns to enact a plastic-bag-reduction ordinance, huh? Almost like it’s an opposition tactic…) The study, authored by…

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Support a Prince George’s County Bag Bill

By Brent BolinDirector of Advocacy, Anacostia Watershed SocietyCross-posted from www.anacostiaws.org The Anacostia River is so severely impacted by trash that in 2007 it was declared impaired by trash under the provisions of the Clean Water Act. Only the second river…

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In brighter news…

A roundup of recent success stories: Brownsville, Texas, instituted a ban on plastic bags in January, and residents are seeing the results: Brownsville resident Juan Peña says he has noticed that the city looks a lot cleaner. Travel around any…

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