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Albany, New York — After listening to public comments for nearly an hour and a half, Albany County local lawmakers approved a partial ban on Styrofoam packaging on a 24 – 12 vote. Dominated by a grassroots outpouring of support for the restriction, the vote came on the heels of an extended debate in which several members of the county Legislature’s Democratic majority questioned the economics of the new law while Republicans lined-up against it.
“The question is why don’t you go further?” said County Legislator Gil Ethier, D-Cohoes, as he raised concern about the legislation only applying to chain stores. “I’m not talking about the merits and the health benefits (from restricting the use of Styrofoam)… but I think it’s unfair. We should take it away from everyone if it’s such a health hazard.”
“I want in the worst way to support this but it doesn’t make economical sense,” added County Legislator Mary Lou Connolly, D-Guilderland. “I wish it could go back to committee and we could talk about recycling.”
Arcata, California — The Arcata City Council unanimously voted to adopt an ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags at most businesses within city limits in an effort to promote the use of reusable bags, and to approve a resolution that would encourage the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors to designate Arcata Fire Protection District stations as safe surrender sites.
”This process has been in place for some time,” Chief Desmond Cowan said. “Given the time of year … it's incredibly timely that we can step forward and offer this service to the public.”
Multiple council members thanked the fire department for taking on the responsibility.
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”It's a sad thing to even have to think about, but I suppose it's better that we have some kind of safe surrender sites than someone who just can't deal with their situation and have no options,” Councilwoman Susan Ornelas said.
The initiative, brought forward by Humboldt Bay Fire Battalion Chief Chris Jelinek, would designate eight locations between the two fire districts, Cowan said.
”We're happy to partner with them,” he added.
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LOS ANGELES— (CBSLA.com) — The “Bring Your Own Bag” campaign was launched Monday in Los Angeles to bring awareness of the city’s upcoming ban on plastic bags.
City workers were passing out free reusable bags for customers to use when the ban, which will prohibit large stores grossing more than $2 million a year from handing out plastic grocery bags, will take effect Jan. 1, 2014.
Under the law, customers will be required to provide personal reusable bags when visiting stores or pay 10 cents per paper bag.
After a few years, officials will determine if paper bags should be banned as well, councilmember Paul Koretz told KNX1070’s Vytas Safronikas.
“Part of the legislation requires that in a couple of years we look at whether paper usage has almost been eliminated by the reusable bag,” he said. “If there’s still a high amount of paper usage, we’ll probably ban that as well.”
Read full article on losangeles.cbslocal.com here.
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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about the big day. The turkey has been ordered, the guests have been invited, but there is something else just as important that can make this cherished holiday turn from a day of joy and gratitude to a day of environmental devastation: plastic. In the spirit of the season, the Plastic Pollution Coalition has put together a guide of five simple tips for having a wonderful, plastic-free Thanksgiving. While providing a meal for large numbers of people can be stressful and daunting, this guide has been designed to take the stress out of ensuring that your party is as considerate of the earth as it is of your family.
Read all the tips on www.theplasticfreetimes.com.
Brookline, Mass — Brookline businesses are gearing up for bans on plastic bags and disposable polystyrene food and beverage containers that take effect Dec. 1.
Natural Homemade Sports Drink – Gatorade Alternative
If you or your kids enjoy any kind of sports or athletic events, there is certainty a time when water alone just doesn't quite cut it. Even water with lemon or lime gets boring after a while, and when you need to rehydrate, you often need added electrolytes.
Regular Gatorade contains: Water, sucrose syrup, glucose-fructose syrup, citric acid, natural grape flavor with other natural flavors, salt, sodium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, red 40, Blue 1. (This is from a picture of the grape flavored Gatorade label).