The toolkit explains best practices for drafting plastic laws, provides a comprehensive look at the harms of plastic bags, outlines recommended ordinance structures, explains important clauses to include, shows effectiveness data, as well as how to spearhead a community movement.
One of the main takeaways is that laws that simply ban plastic bags, but don’t address other types of carryout bags, are not recommended. The two recommended carryout-bag law structures are a “Fee on All Bags” and a “Ban/Fee Hybrid,” meaning a ban on thin plastic bags and a fee on all other carryout bags.
The fee component is paramount in changing consumer behavior. “We won’t rid the world of plastic bags simply by banning them – customers have to be willing to change their behavior,” said Romer, Esq.
Plastic bags are polluting beaches and oceans everywhere. If you want to make a difference but don’t know where to start, check out the Plastic Bag Law Activist Toolkit.