Dallas may soon follow the lead of Austin, Texas, in banning plastic bags. The Dallas City Council is currently considering a ban on plastic bags used in grocery and retail stores and was briefed Monday on the possible effects of such a ban by the city's Office of Environmental Quality.
In California, Los Angeles will likely soon be the largest city in North America to ban plastic bags. L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to sign an ordinance adopted by the city council that would ban the distribution of plastic bags at large grocery stores beginning in 2014. L.A. County had previously enacted such a ban, as have nearly 80 local jurisdictions in California. The American Progressive Bag Alliance railed against the decision, saying "after recently being voted down in the State Senate, the California Grocers Association continues to peddle this bag ban and tax scam around the state because big grocers stand to make millions from collecting every penny of the tax on paper bags. This ordinance has been sold to the public through junk science in the name of the environment." Bag ban advocates hope the ban will encourage the legislature to revisit a statewide prohibition on plastic bags, which came within three votes of passing in the most recent session.
Berry Plastic Group has partnered with Preserve to promote the latter's "Gimme 5" polypropylene collection and recycling program. Other Preserve partners include Stonyfield, Brita, and Burt's Bees.
Plastics-to-fuel startup venture PK Clean has opened its first commercial facility in Salt Lake City. The company's site is based off of a pilot facility in Pune, India and can convert 20,000 pounds of low-grade plastic scrap into 2,500 gallons of synthetic crude oil per day. The reactor and ancillary equipment used in the process has a footprint of 300 square feet, allowing it to be installed at client sites. The company is currently seeking $4 million in investment to expand deployment of the technology.