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(Chicago Trib)   Sensible Chicago Alderman put the brakes on a hippie-backed ban on plastic bags   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 8
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2014-04-05 01:41:41 PM
2 votes:
Chicago can do no thing until there are no more murders.  That's right.  You cannot focus on more than one task at a time.  That's why I'm not showering until I lose some weight.
2014-04-05 05:52:58 PM
1 votes:

Somaticasual: 1) Stores now charge a "$1 emergency bag fee" and load your groceries up in the same bags, causing the same exact pollution unless you happen to be the 5% of folks that actually brought their reusable bags.


So, are Austinites wealthy enough that they don't mind paying an extra dollar per grocery trip? Or just so dimwitted that they go through this scene once a week for months on end:

Cashier: That'll be $1

Person: RATS! I keep forgetting. I'll remember this time, for SURE.
/forgets

If that $1 goes into a fund for cleaning up the bags, then it sounds as if everything is working exactly as planned. People who want to carry bags, carry bags. People who want to get new bags help pay for the cleanup. People get a job cleaning up grocery bags, a nice new job. Not perfect, since some bags still escape, but it sounds kinda win-win to me.
2014-04-05 02:25:08 PM
1 votes:
Um, paper bags do more harm to the environment than plastic grocery bags.  We all know about the cornstarch they've been putting into plastic grocery bags to kick-start the decomposition, don't we?
2014-04-05 02:24:16 PM
1 votes:
Plastic bags are illegal here in Bellingham, so I make grocery sacks out of dolphin skin instead.
2014-04-05 02:10:59 PM
1 votes:
LAUGHTER OL newspapers are the worserness than the bags.
2014-04-05 02:04:01 PM
1 votes:

GQueue: What are we supposed to throw our dog and cat crap away in then?  Maybe we should just fling it at the aldermen.


C'mon, this schtick is getting old.  Look around you.  You save the bags from:

newspapers, bread, tortillas, sugar, potato chips, electronics, and other retail packaging.  It's all right in front of you already.  Get creative.  Ask your neighbors to save their newspaper bags.
2014-04-05 02:03:58 PM
1 votes:
In Austin, TX, we banned stores using free plastic bags to bag your purchase. You know what the two net results of this have been?
1) Stores now charge a "$1 emergency bag fee" and load your groceries up in the same bags, causing the same exact pollution unless you happen to be the 5% of folks that actually brought their reusable bags.
2) When they don't, you find yourself running out of bags for cat litter / etc - SO YOU HAVE TO BUY BAGS.

While i'm sure it started with good intentions, they really didn't think some of these bag bans through on a practical day-to-day level...
2014-04-05 01:46:22 PM
1 votes:
I don't really care about a plastic bag ban. IMO just charging a few cents extra for those bags and channeling that money to a recycling program would do more. However Chicago has a lot more things on its plate that are more pressing than how to deal with plastic shopping bags.
 
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