August 30, 2013
Local green groups hosted a community forum Wednesday to discuss the environmental and economic benefits of banning plastic bags in Burbank , with critics arguing that a ban would strip consumers of the convenience and freedom to shop with the bags, which they often reuse or recycle. The Burbank City Council is slated to decide next month whether to pursue a plastic bag ban, which would likely impact roughly 130 stores, 20 of which are retailers with buildings larger than 10,000 square feet, said Ferris Kawar, recycling specialist at the Burbank Recycle Center.
December 15, 2010
"So this is Christmas, and what have you done…another year older and a new one just begun ... " I take more pride in all the little things I do than anything else. Buying presents all through the year and putting them away finally pays off at Christmas. I have more time and fun. In reality, Christmas and the holiday season are just a spectacular end and beginning to another year of our lives. Christmas is peace, and why not? Just imagine for one moment, maybe as you stare at the lights on your Christmas tree, China is booming because China spends nothing on war. She is not fighting with anyone, although she is also not yet helping with North Korea.
December 8, 2010
I take issue with Jeri Anderson's letter in disagreement of Los Angeles County Mike Antonovich's position on plastic bags ("We can live better without plastic bags," Dec. 4). Everyone agrees that improperly discarded plastic bags make a mess. However, there are solutions and considerations, other than prohibiting the use of these bags, that we must discuss before we can solve this problem. First, how much harm to the environment do canvas bags cause in their manufacture, transportation and disposal?
December 1, 2010
Once again the 30-plus-year windbag, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, gets published in the Burbank Leader in his ongoing effort to make it 40 or more years at the public trough ("Not the proper time for a bag ban," Nov. 24). A while back, someone gave me some reusable bags. I use them all the time now — easier and more comfortable to handle, hold my groceries better, and don't cut into my fingers as plastic bags do. I am 76 years old. Come on seniors, get interested in new and innovative things, especially if they help the environment.
November 27, 2010
I completely disagree with Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich's "no" vote on banning single-use plastic bags in the county and his reasons for doing so ("Not the proper time for a bag ban," Nov. 24). He claims it puts an unfair burden on the consumer and businesses. I say not banning single-use plastic bags puts an unfair burden on our environment. And, like it or not, we need our environment to be healthy or we won't have anything left to consume. No one can deny that our environment has been badly abused.
May 12, 2010
Magazine begins storytelling Gakavig Children's Magazine recently launched its children's storytelling program with its first event at Borders Bookstores in Glendale on April 25. The magazine was launched Feb. 3 in Burbank. Storytelling will be in Armenian and English, and will include audience participation. Children will also have a chance to explore their creativity through arts and crafts. For more information, call Gakavig Children's Magazine at (818) 548-2438 or e-mail gakavig@gmail.
April 9, 2009
BURBANK — A plug-in hybrid car, electric bicycles, eco-friendly cleaners and homemade reusable bags were on display for the Buena Vista Library’s sustainability day, where visitors got a range of suggestions for living greener lives. From recycling tips to lessons on energy-efficient light bulbs, representatives from city departments, local organizations and businesses offered pointers to help residents move toward Burbank’s goal of being a zero-waste city by 2040.
December 21, 2008
BURBANK — Fiona Soukup, a 45-year-old South African native with two young children, long ago eschewed using single-use plastic bags while shopping. For Americans, though, transferring from plastic to reusable bags is just starting to take hold. That challenge was illustrated Thursday in Burbank, when city workers fanned out at retail outlets across the city to educate shoppers on the environmental dangers of plastic bags. Employees with the city’s recycling center also handed out 2,500 green and brown reusable bags while asking consumers to talk on video about their transformation away from plastic during the second annual Day Without a Bag. “I think it’s awesome,” said Soukup, who now lives in Santa Clarita.