The mayor of Chicago presented his 2017 budget proposal to the City Council last week and it includes a 7-cent fee on all paper and plastic bags given out at stores.
A statewide ban on local bag bans is close to becoming law in Michigan. Senate Bill 853 prohibits local governments from banning plastic shopping bags or mandating fees for them. The bill is awaiting the governor’s signature.
Seattle collectors will no longer be allowed to flip the lid on residential garbage cans to look for banned compostables.
Legislation introduced in San Francisco would extend the city’s current ban on expanded polystyrene food-service items to packaging and a host of other products.
The state of Vermont is celebrating, after declaring its universal recycling law successful. Act 148 includes a disposal ban on certain materials and requires universal recycling access.