American Samoa Bans the Bag
USA Today 9.2.10
U.S. territory American Samoa has signed a law banning stores from handing out plastic shopping bags.
The law will take effect Feb. 23, and excludes biodegradable shopping bags and compostable plastic bags.
This ban was signed only a few days after California rejected a very similar law, although a growing number of California cities have taken steps to ban bags at a local level. Some of these cities include San Francisco, Palo Alto, Malibu, and others.
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Our Take: We like their commitment to reducing consumption, however it's fees - not bans - that are the best way to go. Ireland's PlasTax reduced plastic bag consumption by 90% in its first year alone.