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PREEMPTION MAP UPDATE: Plastics Bags Join Firearms and Six Other Issues

March 10, 2021

Map of State Laws Preempting Local Plastic Bag & Other “Auxiliary Container” Bans

Single-use plastics have created a major threat to the environment. In response, grassroots advocates have built a growing national movement to protect against plastic and other single-use container pollution. Much of their success has come at the local level. Predictably, the plastics industry is promoting state preemption to slow this grassroots movement. For example, Minneapolis, Minnesota passed a single-use plastic bag ban in 2017, but only days before its effective date the legislature added an auxiliary container preemption clause to an unrelated bill.

Sources: Surfrider