Link to a series of three articles researched & reported by the author of the Flotsam Diaries blog on what really happens to plastic when it is recycled. The truth isn’t pretty, and it might make you angry.
The Plastics Industry’s “Public Interest” Role in Legislation and Litigation of Plastic Bag Laws in California. Written by Jennie R. Romer and Shanna Foley.
New York City’s Proposed Charge on All Carryout Bags as a Model for U.S. Cities. Written by Jennie R. Romer and Leslie Mintz Tamminen.
A comprehensive report that was admitted as additional clarifying information in a court case between plastic bag industry representatives and the County of Los Angeles. The plastic bag industry lost the case, and the County proved it was well within their police powers to create a fee for all shopping bags, and a ban on plastic bags. The amicus brief contains the results of studies and data collection done by well established environmental groups.Studies
The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors asked for the Director of Public Works to explore the impacts of adopting a San Francisco style bag policy. Comprehensive input from retail, recyclers, environmentalists, and other stakeholders.
An analysis of how many times do you have to use a durable bag (a variety found in the UK) to compensate for a conventional single-use supermarket plastic bag (includes calculations for 40% of supermarket bags used as bin liners).
NJ/NY Baykeeper Study on
A table of the number of people employed by plastic bags by state. These numbers are provided by the plastics industry.