Some places have already OUTLAWED plastic bags, while others charge fees.
WHERE TO RECYCLE? Most grocers and large retailers such as Target and Walmart now accept plastic bags, wrap and film for recycling. Look for a bin near the front of the store or check for local recycling options nearest you. NOTE: Please recycle only clean, dry plastic bags and film. Remove receipts or any other items from bags.
(NO Degradable/compostable film or bags, prewashed salad mix bags, or frozen food bags.)
FIND A DROP OFF NEAR YOU: http://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/s01/s01dropoff.html
BIODEGRADABLE DOG POOP BAGS - These are made from several manufacturers and can be found:
1) earthrated.com. 2) http://biobagusa.com/ 3) http://www.flushdoggy.com/ 4) http://poopbags.com/
SHOCKING FACT- According to TIME Magazine, the country of Bangldesh became the first country to BAN plastic bags completely in 2002 after some of the 9 million bags tossed out DAILY were found to have blocked sewers, causing floods that killed people.
WHO HAS BANNED THEM, WHO HAS SURCHARGES FOR THEM?
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1) California Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Bags
The ban will go into effect in 2015 for some businesses and 2016 for others
2) In 2009, the District of Columbia enacted a law to ban the distribution of disposable, non-recyclable plastic carry-out bags and set a fee of 5 cents for distribution of all other disposable bags. In 2009, North Carolina banned plastic bags for the Outer Banks region, a chain of barrier islands off its coast.
3) Delware, Maine, North Carolina, New York and Rhode Island all have recycling programs or laws about plastic bags. You can find them all here: http://www.ncsl.org/research/environment-and-natural-resources/plastic-bag-legislation.aspx