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Cities Ban Plastic Water Bottles, Plastic Bags, BPA, And More (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 10/11/10 09:02 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:55 PM ET

There are many environmental issues that need addressing. But with the federal and state governments moving at their usual pace, cities are getting fed up and taking matters into their own hands.

From India to America, East Coast to the West Coast, we've rounded up the movements against plastic bags, plastic bottles, and even plastic toys that are getting boosts from mayors and town councils who want the best for their citizens, plus one very un-eco-friendly town in Colorado.

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In September Treehugger reported that Brownsville, Texas banned plastic bags. The ban goes in effect on January 5th, when customers who forget bags will be charged a dollar for an extra one. Pharmacies, hardware stores and dry cleaner are exempt.

USA Today reports that the anti-bag sentiment is spreading. California couldn’t muster the votes to ban bags, but individual cities like San Francisco, Malibu, Fairfax and Palo Alto are already there, and more cities are threatening to follow suit. Then there is Westport, Connecticut; the Outer Banks in North Carolina; Bethel, Alaska; Edmonds, Washington, and the American Samoa Islands.

Our neighbors down south are getting in on the action too. Mexico City banned plastic bags in August of this year.
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