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Dec. 19, 2013

An official in San Francisco is calling for a ban on the sale of single-use plastic water bottles on city property. "We need to wean ourselves off our recent addiction to plastic water bottles,” David Chiu, the city's Board of Supervisors president, said in a statement. The proposal aims to push consumers in the direction of water fountains and water fill-up stations, the number of which would grow as city properties are renovated.

A study from the National Center for Policy Analysis concludes that banning plastic carrier bags does not equate to cost savings for the municipalities enacting the legislation. The study looked at six municipalities that have enacted such bans in recent years and finds "no evidence of a reduction in costs" to local governments. The report, however, did not address the environmental issues most often cited by ban proponents when arguing for such action.

Ontario's push for a revamped, extended producer responsibility-centered recycling program has stirred major debate in the province's legislature, with one conservative lawmaker calling it a "job killer." Supporters of the Waste Diversion Act 2013 say the bill will alleviate the economic pressure from municipalities by lifting the current 50-percent industry funding cap of the province's "Blue Box" curbside recycling collection program.

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