Thursday, August 19, 2010

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At 1:04 PM, Blogger beachcomber said...

Sorry Fred. The part of me that thinks it might be bordering on Libertarianism fought this for awhile, thinking people would just make the right decision to stop using single-use plastic bags once they saw that they don't just "go away". Then I realized a lot of people just don't give a damn - don't ever ask where the heck "away" is. The only choice is to take away their bags so they have no choice but to do the right thing. Do you really think that making crappy products just to give good people jobs makes sense?

At 2:18 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

I don't consider plastic bags "crappy" products. They're inexpensive, so they save shoppers money. They have a number of other uses after being used for shopping and they're recyclable.

I was a bit annoyed myself a few weeks ago when I wanted to use a plastic bag to load up some stuff to take to Connie's parents house. Not one full size bag in the house. I need to remind myself to leave a few around so I have some to use if needed.

I am sympathetic to the problem of them blowing around and ending up all over the place, but I've noticed a lot fewer of them since the stores all have bins to dump the used ones in now.

As an aside, I've been wondering about them saying this bill will allow stores to charge extra for the ones they will be able to use. Stores already have the cost of paper and plastic bags built into the cost of things they sell. Will this be an additional cost on top of what we already pay? Perhaps a carrot dangling in front of the grocery store companies so they'll back this proposal?


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