NJ Senate Passes Plastic Bag Ban

Resurrecting an issue that has popped up around the country over the past few years, the state senate last week passed legislation that would outlaw single use plastic bags as well as paper bags in New Jersey.  The legislation, SB 865, which requires a warning for first offenses, but then provides for a fine of…

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Federal Plastic Phase-out Filed

Legislation was introduced in Congress last week that seeks to dramatically restrict and ultimately phase out most single-use plastics. Democratic Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Jeff Merkely (D-OR) joined Representatives Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) and Katherine Clark (D-MA) in filing the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act of 2020 this week. The legislation would mandate a…

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Plastic Still in the Crosshairs

Legislators and environmental activists across the nation continue to target single-use plastic bags, straws and other plastic products for elimination as the new legislative sessions begin. Massachusetts will most assuredly advance a plastic bag ban, although 135 communities already have a local ban of some sort on their books. The state senate approved a sweeping…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin’ released its Annual Sustainability Report for 2017 – 2018 earlier this week and highlighted some significant advances in its efforts to become a more-environmentally conscious company. Among other highlights, the report points to the 5-year agreement Dunkin reached in 2018 with World Coffee Research – the non-profit coffee collaborative to which Dunkin’ donates a…

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Salary History and Plastic Bag Bans

State legislatures continue their parade to ban this or that from the business toolbox and this week we have 2 more with Delaware and New Jersey. Delaware Governor John Carney signed a new plastic bag ban on Monday of this week, making Delaware the 4th state in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags. The…

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Cashless Store, Plastic Bag Bans

Effective July 1, the city of Philadelphia will join San Francisco in banning cashless stores from operating within the city. But even before the ban takes effect next week, some problems surfaced with a few state agencies not being able to accept cash at that time. Notwithstanding, the city will enforce the new law against…

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Miscellaneous

First off, we want to remind our subscribers that use of any Styrofoam products, such as cups, trays, bowls, plates, etc., in New York City will be subject to a fine beginning July 15, 2019 – only a few weeks away. We also noted this week that the Nations Restaurant News released their 2019 listing…

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State Preemption Efforts

As local communities across the country continue to pass their local mandates on such things as environmental policies, employee benefits, minimum wages and the like, some states have responded with state preemption laws prohibiting local communities from getting involved in dictating certain issues. We have a recent example out of Florida and one still brewing…

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Paid Sick Leave, And Then Some in New York

The state of New York has long mandated that private employers provide paid sick leave for its workers, but now they’re taking leave mandates to a whole new level. In the FY 2020 state budget passed just about a month ago, legislators saddled private businesses with more mandates as they approved a $175 billion spending…

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Maine Becomes 1st State to Ban Polysterene Foam

The state of Maine became the first state in the nation to ban the use of polysterene foam food and drink containers when Governor Janet Mills signed the restriction into law this week. LD 289, sponsored by Representative Stanley Zeigler, prohibits restaurants and other “covered establishments” from providing food or beverages in Styrofoam containers effective…

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