Plastics bans, environmental oversight sidelined by pandemic


Plastics bans, environmental monitoring get short shrift …
Plastics bans, environmental monitoring get short shrift during pandemic Mia Rabson , The Canadian Press A man walks past a mural of heath care workers painted on a boarded up restaurant in downtown Vancouver, Monday, April 27, 2020.


Pandemic Forcing Stores to Use Plastic Bags Again …
Environmental groups, well aware of the nation’s current priorities, were at first unusually silent on moves to temporarily roll back plastic bag bans. But they responded forcefully after the plastics industry asserted bag bans could worsen the pandemic’s toll.


Plastics industry goes after bag bans during pandemic
Mar 24, 2020Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos rejected a push by New York Senate Minority Leader John Flanagan to suspend the ban because of the pandemic.


Pandemic deals blow to plastic bag bans, plastic reduction …
The Plastics Industry Association recently sent a letter to Alex Azar, head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and asked him to speak out against plastic bag bans because they …


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Oregon suspended its brand-new ban on plastic bags this week, and cities from Bellingham, Washington, to Albuquerque, New Mexico, have announced a hiatus on plastic bag bans as the coronavirus rages.


New York area’s Earth Day upended by coronavirus
Apr 21, 2020NEW YORK — Environmental issues like plastic bag bans that were just gaining mainstream status in New York and New Jersey are now taking a back seat as the coronavirus bears down on the hardest …


California single-use plastic ban … – Los Angeles Times
California lawmakers are weighing three bills to phase out single-use plastic containers and address the state’s recycling crisis. But industry opposition looms.


Philadelphia delays plastic bag ban due to coronavirus – WHYY
The bill was introduced by City Councilmember Mark Squilla in June as the fourth attempt in 12 years to ban plastic bags. Plastics industry links reusable bags to COVID-19. The plastics industry has been pushing the delay of single-use plastic bags all across the country arguing they’re safer than reusable bags during the coronavirus pandemic.


Recycling takes a hit in coronavirus California as plastic
The coronavirus pandemic has set back efforts to combat plastic pollution, as environmentally conscious Bay Area residents are forced to abandon their good habits while efforts on the state level …


Virtue Signaling of Plastic Bag Ban Ends Quickly in a Pandemic
The COVID-19 crisis reveals the misguided nature of bans on plastic bags. … of Plastic Bag Ban Ends Quickly in a Pandemic. … ineffectual even if the primary concern is the environment.

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