11/18/16

 

California may have passed Proposition 67, better known as the “Plastic Bag Ban,” but the ban on single use plastic bags has been on Humboldt County’s radar since 2011, where local groups like Humboldt Baykeeper and the local Surfrider Foundation chapter started a campaign to ban the bags at grocery and retail stores.

Humboldt Baykeeper Director Jennifer Kalt said the new ban went into effect immediately after the election, although officially the election results would typically not be certified for several weeks.

11/18/16

 

California may have passed Proposition 67, better known as the “Plastic Bag Ban,” but the ban on single use plastic bags has been on Humboldt County’s radar since 2011, where local groups like Humboldt Baykeeper and the local Surfrider Foundation chapter started a campaign to ban the bags at grocery and retail stores.

Humboldt Baykeeper Director Jennifer Kalt said the new ban went into effect immediately after the election, although officially the election results would typically not be certified for several weeks.

8/19/16

 

The global effort to stop plastic from choking our oceans is under attack Nov. 8. Proposition 67 on California's ballot would ban giveaways of single-use plastic shopping bags throughout our state, not just in individual coastal and Bay Area cities. The result will either boost the movement for bans throughout the United States, or crush progress here and around the world.

 

 

Plastic bag manufacturers are going for the kill right now, desperate to protect their profits from making throwaway items. When Gov. Jerry Brown signed a 2014 law banning these bags statewide, bag makers paid signature gatherers hundreds of thousands of dollars for a referendum that blocks the law unless Proposition 67 passes. Now they're preparing to spend millions more to confuse voters.

8/19/16

The global effort to stop plastic from choking our oceans is under attack Nov. 8. Proposition 67 on California's ballot would ban giveaways of single-use plastic shopping bags throughout our state, not just in individual coastal and Bay Area cities. The result will either boost the movement for bans throughout the United States, or crush progress here and around the world.

 

 

Plastic bag manufacturers are going for the kill right now, desperate to protect their profits from making throwaway items. When Gov. Jerry Brown signed a 2014 law banning these bags statewide, bag makers paid signature gatherers hundreds of thousands of dollars for a referendum that blocks the law unless Proposition 67 passes. Now they're preparing to spend millions more to confuse voters.

5/3/15

 

Expanded polystyrene may soon join smoking and plastic bags on the growing list of things banned in the city of Arcata.

 

Polystyrene is the styrofoamlike material popularly used in take-out containers, and an ordinance up for discussion at the next City Council meeting would ban city restaurants and food establishments from using it. The council will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. in City Hall to discuss the ordinance, among other things, at a special meeting taking the place of the usual Wednesday meeting.

Referendum to appeal statewide law prompts concern among public



1/28/15

 



It is not often — most likely unprecedented — that the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors is addressed by a woman garbed in a costume made entirely of plastic bags.




Approaching the podium in a shaggy coat of crinkling plastic at the board’s Tuesday meeting, the self-proclaimed “Bag Monster” expressed her mock appreciation to the board for not pursuing a local plastic bag ban ordinance in light of the recent challenge to the statewide ban.