Coalition to Support Plastic Bag Recycling

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The Coalition to Support Plastic Bag Recycling is a group of plastic grocery bag manufacturers and recyclers based in Sacramento, California that is suing the City of Oakland, California in court over the city's ban on plastic grocery bags. Oakland's ordinance was scheduled to go into force in January, 2008 but has been held up because of the Coalition's court challenge. The Coalition sued Oakland as a maneuver to try stop the spread of laws banning plastic bags after Oakland patterned its law after one enacted in San Francisco in 2007. Los Angeles, China, Ireland and India are some of the jurisdictions that have banned the bags. The Coalition also sued the city of Fairfax, California, located just north of San Francisco in Marin County, in 2007 over its ban on plastic bags. Fairfax has made compliance with the ordinance voluntary to avoid the Coalition's lawsuit. [1]

The group shares membership in the Progressive Bag Alliance.

No web site or other contact information for the Coalition is available.

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  1. Lawsuit delays Oakland's plastic bag ban Heredia C. San Francisco Chronicle. January 29, 2008. Page D4