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07/19/2007: "Oakland a Leader Again"
Oakland, California, proves itself a leader in sustainability (as well as cool bike shops) once again with its recent ban on the provision of grocery-type plastic bags at checkout counters. The ban affects establishments with sales of $1M or more a year and requires them to provide either recyclable paper bags with at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content and no old-growth content, and to offer reusable cloth or other durable bags as well.

What's most interesting in the ordinance is the statistics offered to justify the ban, some of which we quote here:You may view a text version of the ordinance at

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