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Title Paper or plastic? : the economic implications of plastic carrier bag legislation in the United States
Author Smith, Leeland C
Department Department of Economics and Business
Institution Colorado College
Degree Type bachelor
Degree Name Bachelor of Arts
Type of Resource text
Digital Origin reformatted digital
Date Accepted 2009
Date Digitized 2009
Abstract This study aims to determine the best possible option for the United States to reduce the number of disposable plastic carrier bags consumed each year. First an evaluation of the economic and environmental implications associated with disposable carrier bag use is discussed to justify the research question. An analysis of global plastic bag regulation is used to demonstrate strategies that can be pursued in the United States. Several initiatives have been introduced by city and state governments within the United States. to control plastic bag consumption. These examples are analyzed and discussed Retailers including Whole Foods, Wal-Mart, and IKEA have also chosen to voluntarily reduce the number of plastic bags used in their stores. The results of these voluntary initiatives are examined in case studies. Two surveys were conducted to compliment the qualitative analysis in this report with quantitative statistics used to predict plastic bag consumption. The results of this analysis indicates that the United States should balance voluntary reductions with legislative actions.
Keywords Plastic bag
United States
Rights Statement Copyright restrictions apply. Contact the author for permission to publish.
Extent 113 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 29 cm.
Note (thesis) Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Note (bibliography) Includes bibliography
Language eng
OCLC Identifier 436878527
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/10176/coccc:1349
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