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Old 12-17-2010, 07:30 AM   #1
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San Jose bans plastic bags - San Jose Mercury News

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San Jose became the largest U.S. city to ban plastic carry-out bags Tuesday with an ordinance that supporters said was the most far-reaching in the country aimed at encouraging shoppers to bring reusable totes.
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:02 AM   #2
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Just make sure you buy reusable totes that can be washed because recent research found that some of those reusable totes were pretty dirty.
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:49 PM   #3
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Yeah, I've been keeping an eye on ours and thinking 'laundry'. They go from a shelf in the kitchen to the car seat to the grocery cart to the grocery bagging counter to the car trunk to the kitchen floor and then back to the shelf. Going to pick up stuff on the way around. And then there are all those non-food uses in the meantime.
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Old 12-17-2010, 10:44 PM   #4
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Ireland charges 40 cent per plastic bag.

It seems to do the trick.


Ireland is an economic basket case however.
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Old 12-20-2010, 05:47 PM   #5
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The grocery store I shop at charges 25 cents per plastic bag.

I never forget my re-useable bags when I shop there.

It's funny how spending a quarter can force me to remember to bring my own tote bags.
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It would be worth a quarter to have the meat items in plastic bags, with totes for the rest. I think an outright ban is probably overkill. On the other hand, although I own a bunch of totes, I usually forget them, so maybe they need to do something drastic.
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Old 12-20-2010, 08:14 PM   #7
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Ireland charges 40 cent per plastic bag.

It seems to do the trick.


Ireland is an economic basket case however.
Cause and effect?
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Old 12-20-2010, 10:07 PM   #8
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Cause and effect?

ha ha. Yeah. If only.

No, I would say that the only policy that the last/this govt of Ireland did right was putting a levy on plastic bags.

There was screaming and roaring about it, the end is nigh and so on.
And then it went into effect... and...





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Everything worked out. You forgot your tote bags one time. You paid a few pence for your plastic bags. That was the last time you forgot.

An outright ban is excessive. A small levy is totally reasonable I feel.

The litter seemed to clear itself up overnight.
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Old 12-21-2010, 12:25 AM   #9
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It's more than litter. These bags end up killing animals when the animals get the plastic around their necks. Or in the case of our waterways, bits of plastic being eat by animals.

Environmental Pollution: The Harmful Effects of Plastic Bags
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BBC News - Italy to begin ban on plastic bags in shops

Kauai and Maui are starting their ban on Jan. 11, 2011. Mumbai banned plastic bags in 2000. Mexico City has also banned plastic bags. When are some of the East coast cities going to do the same?
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