A plastic bag ban took effect in Austin, TX on March 1, which was welcomed with a lawsuit by the Texas Retailers Association saying that the ban violates state law.
Portland, ME is looking for ways to reduce plastic bags, whether it's a ban or a fee.
Plastic bag bans and taxes aren't going away anytime soon. But something that is lost in the debate between bans, taxes and consumer choice at the checkout, is the fact that plastic shopping bags are fully recyclable, when disposed of properly. In some cases, recycled plastic bags are used for purposes that have nothing to do with the creation of new shopping bags.