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Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:37 AM

Bay Area DUers, what do you think of the plastic bag law?


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Reply Bay Area DUers, what do you think of the plastic bag law? (Original post)
Jamaal510 Jan 2013 OP
NYC_SKP Jan 2013 #1
upaloopa Jan 2013 #2
roody Jan 2013 #3
upaloopa Jan 2013 #6
TDale313 Jan 2013 #4
KamaAina Jan 2013 #10
AndyTiedye Jan 2013 #11
bayareamike Jan 2013 #5
Warpy Jan 2013 #7
Jenoch Jan 2013 #8
CheapShotArtist Jan 2013 #9

Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:39 AM

1. We once had no plastic bags, no paper bags, no disposable bottles or forks and knives, or SUVs.

And they were better times.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:42 AM

2. There is a new law in San Luis Obispo where they no longer use plastic bags. You have to buy paper

bags or use your own bags. My wife and I keep some cloth bags in the car and take them in when we go shopping. I feel we are doing something good but what do I do with the cat poo?

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Response to upaloopa (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:44 AM

3. I compost it in a hole in the yard.

First I wrap it in newspaper.

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Response to roody (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:50 AM

6. i will most likely do the same soon

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:45 AM

4. I keep cloth bags in the car.

I actually prefer it to paper or plastic. And paper bags are available for ten cents. I think it's a good thing overall.

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Response to TDale313 (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 03:15 PM

10. You have a car.

There are times that I have to take empty cloth bags to work just so I will have them for shopping in the evening.

And San Jose, among other cities, is really missing out by not having the ten cents per paper bag (a quarter next year!) go to the city. Must be that damned Prop 13 two-thoirds vote requirement.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #10)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 04:24 PM

11. Even More Reason for Heavy-Duty Canvas Shopping Bags if You Don't

If I'm taking my groceries on the bus or walking a longish distance with them,
I'd much rather have them in heavy-duty canvas bags with handles.
Really good ones have handles that can function as shoulder straps.

Those single-use bags are flimsy. The reusable plastic ones are only a little better.

Good quality canvas shopping bags are worth the cost.

I came to that conclusion a few years back after having a rather nice bottle of wine
smash on the pavement when the flimsy paper bag broke.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:46 AM

5. Fully support it.

Most that I know have no problem with it, most of my family and friends have been using the canvas bags for quite some time.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 01:03 AM

7. I wish they'd do it here in NM

I hate having those things caught in the trees, flapping for a couple of years, shedding plastic shreds all over the yard.

Paper was much nicer and could be made from recycled paper and cardboard. Plastic is a waste of dwindling natural resources.

I'm a canvas bag person, myself.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 02:10 AM

8. In Minnesota, in most of the grocery stores

the customer bags their own groceries. When I have been in Arizona where the cashier does the bagging, they seem to use many more bags than most oeople do when bagging their own groceries. I have also noticed that many people use paper instead of plastic. Of course the best choice is reusable bags. Our recycler also accepts plastic bags curbside.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 02:37 AM

9. It's a bullshit law.

I think it's stupid to have all the money charged from the bags go to the merchants, rather than to the community. And for people who don't have cars, it's ridiculous to have to pile all of your stuff in one bag while you walk around. Also another flaw I see with the reusable bags is that they break easily, and they grow bacteria after a while. Imagine carrying bloody meat inside one of those. That would be a Hell of a mess to clean up. And the water bill isn't cheap in California.
Another thing I don't appreciate about this law is that it feels as if they just sneaked this law into place. They didn't even let the community vote on it first.
One thing that has me scratching my head about this is that since paper bags are recyclable, why do consumers have to pay for those, too? We were told a while ago that we had to stop wasting paper, and now it seems as if we're going backwards. I know that paper is biodegradable, but how long does it take for a tree to grow?

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