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(The Daily Beast)   Los Angeles prohibits plastic bags, forcing deportation of entire "Real Housewives of Orange County" cast   (thedailybeast.com) divider line 77
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2012-05-24 12:48:15 AM
I think id get a little annoyed if i have to start buying those $3 reusable cloth bags to line my small wastebaskets and pick up dog crap with....
 
2012-05-24 12:51:16 AM
Poopy pampers
 
2012-05-24 12:52:27 AM
I thought it was because they would accidentally wrap it around their necks and die.
 
2012-05-24 12:52:29 AM
Well, City of Los Angeles ordinances don't apply in Orange County, but well, good on you anyway smitty. Don't need to let techinicalities get in the way of a good headline.
+1
 
2012-05-24 12:53:06 AM
Plastic BAGS not plastic HAGS, subby.
 
2012-05-24 12:54:33 AM

aerojockey: Well, City of Los Angeles ordinances don't apply in Orange County, but well, good on you anyway smitty. Don't need to let techinicalities get in the way of a good headline.
+1


What he/she said
 
2012-05-24 12:54:36 AM
That was awesome, subby. I nearly destroyed my monitor with pop.
 
2012-05-24 12:54:49 AM
From now on I'm calling plastic bag "Vicki Sacks.". Because f*ck her that's why.
 
2012-05-24 12:58:42 AM
As if people who live in Orange County wanted to drive all the way to LA in the first place.
 
2012-05-24 01:01:45 AM
also banned: video cameras and knit caps
 
2012-05-24 01:02:25 AM

Serious Black: That was awesome, subby. I nearly destroyed my monitor with pop.


soda
 
2012-05-24 01:05:23 AM
So the solution to people littering plastic bags is to deprive people who reuse and recycle them. Brilliant.
 
2012-05-24 01:06:26 AM
I was in Long Beach over the weekend having not been there in about eight years and indeed, no plastic bags.

If you want a paper bag, they charge you ten cents.
 
2012-05-24 01:13:00 AM

Cyno01: I think id get a little annoyed if i have to start buying those $3 reusable cloth bags to line my small wastebaskets and pick up dog crap with....


Thankfully, we can still use paper bags.

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2012-05-24 01:16:02 AM
I like the cut of your jib, subby!

/+1
 
2012-05-24 01:16:47 AM

fred_chan: As if people who live in Orange County wanted to drive all the way to LA in the first place.


Trust me, the feeling is more than mutual, chief.
 
2012-05-24 01:24:42 AM
Shame on all of you for congratulating fail-mitter.
 
2012-05-24 01:25:55 AM
Oh Jeez Louise...

The ban only applies to SUPERMARKETS, not other stores. Also, supermarkets will continue to sell plastic trash bags, so lazy dog owners won't have any excuses when it comes to cleaning up after their mutts.
 
2012-05-24 01:29:10 AM

Girion47: Serious Black: That was awesome, subby. I nearly destroyed my monitor with pop.

soda


Well, thank God you guys aren't wasting perfectly good beer.
 
2012-05-24 01:31:17 AM
The fark? Orange county is far from LA
 
2012-05-24 01:35:35 AM
This is JUST HOW NAZI GERMANY STARTED!
 
2012-05-24 01:37:19 AM

Girion47: Serious Black: That was awesome, subby. I nearly destroyed my monitor with pop.

soda


We finally get a family doing things together and you try to make an ash out of them?
 
2012-05-24 01:38:24 AM
BuckTurgidson

This is JUST HOW NAZI GERMANY STARTED!

Shhhhhh
 
2012-05-24 01:44:03 AM
 
2012-05-24 01:45:40 AM

VivianVivisect: The fark? Orange county is far from LA


And by far you mean the county just south? Is Ventura County also far from LA?
 
2012-05-24 01:48:03 AM
Banning plastics bags is to saving the environment as praying is to curing disease.
 
2012-05-24 01:51:29 AM

VivianVivisect: The fark? Orange county is far from LA


People from smaller states who have never been to california are usually under the impression that everything from san diego to san francisco are practically right next to eachother.
 
2012-05-24 01:58:01 AM

jeblis: Banning plastics bags is to saving the environment as praying is to curing disease.


This, if it wasn't for plastic grocery bags to line my garbage can I'd buy plastic garbage bags off the shelf. Net gain for the environment zero.
 
2012-05-24 01:59:31 AM

Cyno01: VivianVivisect: The fark? Orange county is far from LA

People from smaller states who have never been to california are usually under the impression that everything from san diego to san francisco are practically right next to eachother.


Yes, California. Back east, you drive seven hours and you go through seven states. Out here you drive seven hours and you're still in the wonderful, glorious, beautiful state that is California. Because we are the State of States.
 
2012-05-24 02:02:50 AM
*Does the polka*
 
2012-05-24 02:05:03 AM

Gyrfalcon: Cyno01: VivianVivisect: The fark? Orange county is far from LA

People from smaller states who have never been to california are usually under the impression that everything from san diego to san francisco are practically right next to eachother.

Yes, California. Back east, you drive seven hours and you go through seven states. Out here you drive seven hours and you're still in the wonderful, glorious, beautiful state that is California. Because we are the State of States.


Hell no, if you drive 7 hours in L.A. you're just 5 stoplights away from where you started.
 
2012-05-24 02:07:37 AM
Not news. LA County and some of the other cities in the county banned them over a year ago. I don't know how 99 Ranch in Hacienda Heights manages without triple-bagging everything in plastic like they used to, but they do manage somehow.
 
2012-05-24 02:07:48 AM
We should all use reusable shopping bags that are better for the environment*, darn it!


* Except for the fact that many reusable bags:
- are made from more raw ingredients than the number of disposable bags they replace
- are printed with non-vegetable-based inks
- are made on the other side of the world and have to be shipped huge distances
- are, unlike many disposable bags, not biodegradable
- require consumers to actually purchase kitchen garbage bags, bags for wrapping leftovers, dog crap bags, and so on rather than reusing what they've brought home from the store
- get forgotten somewhere after only a couple of uses, leading to consumers buying or being given more and more and more of them
- are little more than "green washing", allowing companies an opportunity to put their logo on something to show how environmental they are
- contain chemical adhesives and other not-so-nice components along with their recycled bits
- do nothing to reduce the various little deli, produce, meat counter, bulk foods, etc. bags that we use throughout the grocery store
- may actually encourage our over-consumerism, since they reduce some of the guilt we should feel when we drive our gas guzzling cars to a giant store with huge, inefficient lighting systems and air conditioning for millions of cubic feet of space, to buy an over-packaged product that was made in a factory that spews out who-knows-what, probably halfway around the world, that we very likely don't need in the first place.
 
2012-05-24 02:16:29 AM
www.reactionface.info
 
2012-05-24 02:27:09 AM

Badafuco: VivianVivisect: The fark? Orange county is far from LA

And by far you mean the county just south? Is Ventura County also far from LA?


Most of the city of L.A. IS far from Orange County. Ventura County isn't, since the western part of the city goes up to the Ventura County line.
 
2012-05-24 02:27:36 AM

Cyno01: VivianVivisect: The fark? Orange county is far from LA

People from smaller states who have never been to california are usually under the impression that everything from san diego to san francisco are practically right next to eachother.


Los Angeles County, for instance is four or five times larger than Rhode Island in area, and has nine times the population.

Also, Fark u, LA
 
2012-05-24 03:04:54 AM
But what will the bums around my work wear for shoes/collect thousands of for no reason?
 
2012-05-24 03:12:34 AM

Lunchlady: But what will the bums around my work wear for shoes/collect thousands of for no reason?


Ohh... There's a reason. Don't you worry about that.

And the OC housewives are about 65 miles from LA. 75 or more from "LA Proper"... that's why it fails.

Same joke works with the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills... and it's actually accurate... and not as lazy.

/Although... still not funny.
 
2012-05-24 03:36:22 AM
Paper pages are as environmentally harmful as plastic but in a different way. It takes much more water to make paper bags, as well as much more energy. A by product of paper bags is dioxin, a very toxic chemical. It cost more to distribute paper bags than plastic because they are heavier, and take up more space than plastic - i.e. higher transportation costs and more diesel fuel. That is why I believe that paper bags is not the answer.

Aside from the previous points raised, recyclable bags provide advertising for the merchants that customers pay for - i.e. names and logo's. Merchants should be paying customers to use their recyclable bags for advertising their store or product.

Howver the 'elephant in the living room' in reference to recyclable bags is they become contaminated with germs and bacteria over time unless they are washed on a regular basis. So where are these contaminated bags placed when you check out? Right where your food that you eat is placed! I suspect that sooner or later when a disease outbreak takes place, traced to a recycled bag, This subject will be rapidly reconsider - especially if people die.

What I consider the best solution is to get rid of paper, standard plastic, and recyclable bags entirely. Instead use a modified plastic bag with an additive, such as cornstarch (already available) that cause the bag to self destruct after a few days of sun exposure or decay rapidly in the ground - continue moisture exposure or food for bacteria and insects.

That's my opinion on this mess.
 
2012-05-24 03:43:37 AM

jimw: So where are these contaminated bags placed when you check out?


That has always freaked me out a little. Some old cat lady puts her gross, reusable bags on the counter right before my food goes sliding over it. Ewwww...
 
2012-05-24 03:53:57 AM
Ireland has a tax on plastic shopping bags for groceries. It works pretty well. Most people learn quickly bring their own.
 
2012-05-24 06:16:32 AM

Girion47: Serious Black: That was awesome, subby. I nearly destroyed my monitor with pop.

soda


Tonic
 
2012-05-24 06:53:46 AM
Did anybody mention that Orange County is not in Los Angeles yet?
 
2012-05-24 08:08:50 AM
I wish they would institute a ban such as this in my area, so when my SO brings them home and inevitably does not discard them properly my cat doesn't try to eat it. (She has been a thin plastic chewer her whole life and it is maddening).

We have a guy in this area w/ a public access show. He calls himself King the Legend Rayford Faulkner. He is a nut job and he wears a plastic bag on his head. Every once in a while you can see him walking around the city, a plastic bag on his head, tied under his chin. I think he would be outraged, OUTRAGED, by such a law.
 
2012-05-24 09:09:35 AM
I like them, you can make rope, and cloth from them, directly at home.
 
2012-05-24 09:11:17 AM

Gyrfalcon: Cyno01: VivianVivisect: The fark? Orange county is far from LA

People from smaller states who have never been to california are usually under the impression that everything from san diego to san francisco are practically right next to eachother.

Yes, California. Back east, you drive seven hours and you go through seven states. Out here you drive seven hours and you're still in the wonderful, glorious, beautiful state that is California. Because we are the State of States.


Texas would like to have a word with you on that.

/Drove 9 hours east from Houston and was still in Texas
 
2012-05-24 09:18:49 AM

Gyrfalcon: Cyno01: VivianVivisect: The fark? Orange county is far from LA

People from smaller states who have never been to california are usually under the impression that everything from san diego to san francisco are practically right next to eachother.

Yes, California. Back east, you drive seven hours and you go through seven states. Out here you drive seven hours and you're still in the wonderful, glorious, beautiful state that is California. Because we are the State of States.


Not true. For example, I know that Big Bear is nowhere near San Francisco.

It's just up the beach from Disneyworld.

So ha!
 
2012-05-24 09:28:54 AM
Shall we point out the school that recently got sick from mold in someone's reusable bag?

Or how the plastic bags were started as "green" in the first place? They were supposedly better and cheaper than killing trees for bags and made with cornstarch so they would degrade quickly? People had dug through landfills and found 40 year old paper bags and went "oh noes!" (The bags had been preserved because of pressure and a lack of moisture.)

Of course, within a few years, the plastic bag companies were making em so thin double bagging was the norm.

But overall, under what authority is LA doing this? Does government have the right to control anything and everything they darn well feel like?
 
2012-05-24 09:33:53 AM

lizaardvark: Girion47: Serious Black: That was awesome, subby. I nearly destroyed my monitor with pop.

soda

Well, thank God you guys aren't wasting perfectly good beer.


Ale
 
2012-05-24 09:43:01 AM

conservative_dude: Shall we point out the school that recently got sick from mold in someone's reusable bag?

Or how the plastic bags were started as "green" in the first place? They were supposedly better and cheaper than killing trees for bags and made with cornstarch so they would degrade quickly? People had dug through landfills and found 40 year old paper bags and went "oh noes!" (The bags had been preserved because of pressure and a lack of moisture.)

Of course, within a few years, the plastic bag companies were making em so thin double bagging was the norm.

But overall, under what authority is LA doing this? Does government have the right to control anything and everything they darn well feel like?


Something like this? Yes.
On the other hand, this is the wrong solution. I'd rather see them have grocers charge for them - a little less than the cost of a trash can liner. Then those who intended to reuse them could take them, and those who only would discard them would not. Trash disposal is a huge problem in L.A. - landfill space is so damn expensive around here that our money-losing recycling program actually saves money by cutting down on landfill. They do need to do things about it - just not dumb things like this.
 
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