Includes: Review of types of bag laws and best practices for US cities, model ordinances, best facts and statistics to use, how to build your own campaign, implementing law and measuring effectiveness and links to additional online resources. This toolkit is a supplement to Surfrider’s Rise Above Plastics Activist Toolkit, which gives an overview of the problems of single-use plastics and outlines plastics reduction laws.
Includes: Examples and high level suggestions for policymakers. Sections for: Prohibiting the Manufacture of Plastic Bags, Plastic Bag Bans, Regulation of Bag Thickness, Taxes and other Levies, Requiring or Encouraging Reusables.
Through the use of this toolkit you will be able to assess your current consumption of plastics and determine how you as an individual can lower your own plastic pollution impact. Outlines common misconceptions about plastic consumption and pollution while also providing a series of resources that the public can access to learn more about plastic pollution and relevant legislation. Resources include blogs, articles, videos, news updates, reports and first hand accounts.
A resource guide and toolkit for understanding and tackling the problem of plastic microfiber pollution in our communities. Details both the environmental and public health impacts of microfibers while also focusing on how individuals can take action in order to find a solution.
Includes: Easy to digest step by step guide for individuals on how to ban plastic bags and polystyrene foam in their towns. The guide provides links to cities, states and districts that have successfully banned plastic and functions as an educational resource with links to reports and studies about plastic use too.
Includes: Ban vs. Charge, Specific Clauses to be Included in Ordinances, Building a Strong Administrative Record for an Ordinance, Plastic Industry Standard Arguments and Attempts to Preempt Ordinances, Building a Local Grassroots Campaign.
Includes: Local Model Ordinance Language; Sample Support Letter; Final Language for Statewide Legislation; Policy Committee Analyses; Sample Fact Sheets; The Real Cost of Single-Use Plastic Bags; Plastic Bag Impacts and Bag Ban Results; Common Myths and Misperceptions from Bag Ban Opponents, More Myths Debunked; Frequently Asked Questions: Living Without Single-Use Plastic Bags Under SB270; Reusable Bag Safety. Rebuttals and related links; Local Ordinance Results
Includes: Funding Opportunity; Powerpoint Presentation to Support Bag Laws; Greenhouse Gas & Retail Cost Calculator; Flyers and Other Publicity Materials; Tips for Municipalities with Representative Town Meeting; Working with Business Owners; Preparing to meet the Opposition; Do bag laws really make a difference?
Includes: The toolkit provides essential information to help you set up community-led waste management systems and small recycling businesses. These activities can help keep your neighbourhood clean and healthy and even generate a small income.
Includes: Why support a ban on disposable foam containers, sample ordinance language, cost comparison chart – foam v alternatives, strategy to win, guide to writing letter to the editor, sustainability initiative seed grant
Includes: how to build a strong foundation with restaurants, how to engage businesses, how to build community momentum, what information to provide individuals and businesses, examples of communications and campaign resources, templates, lessons learned, links to additional resources
Includes: list of Maine towns with bag ordinances; Why Support a Reusable Bag Ordinance (essentially like a fact sheet); Guide to Designing Local Ordinances that Encourage the use of Reusable Shopping Bags; List of Resources/External Links; Strategy to Win; Guide for writing LTEs; Link to a grant
Includes: Goals & Tactics; Possible Opponents; Sample Campaign Plan; Sample Ordinance; Sample Petition; Letter to Retailers; Letter to Elected Officials; Resources
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