Skip to comments.Calif. rejects ban on plastic shopping bags
Posted on 09/01/2010 2:47:48 AM PDT by markomalley
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers have rejected a bill seeking to ban plastic shopping bags after a contentious debate over whether the state was going too far in trying to regulate personal choice.
The Democratic bill, which failed late Tuesday, would have been the first statewide ban, although a few California cities already prohibit their use.
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Apparently they never heard of the studies that say reusable cloth shopping bags are full of bacteria.
Fabulous. The state is about to drop into a financial abyss, and our geniuses in Sacramento are squabbling about grocery bags.
” debate over whether the state was going too far in trying to regulate personal choice “
Surprising that a debate on these terms is actually taking place at all, at any level of Government...
Oh great. One area where progressive Oregon will soon be ahead of the curve, thanks to some dumbass Republicans who will be helping to push through a “bipartisan” ban in the next session.
I propose a tax break for all the senior citizens who save them up, neatly flatten them and roll them up, secure them with a rubber band and stow them in kitchen drawers.
These venerable citizens are single handedly saving the planet from environmental ruin!
A while back I was cleaning out the garage and came across one of those large plastic leaf bags, it was bulging full but tied off at the end. I thought, “oh great, my wife has filled it so full, I won’t be able to lift it”.
I picked it up and it was very light. My wife had it stuffed full of W-M and other grocery bags. It went straight to the curb for pick up day.
Can't do away with them, what would you use to the dog poop in?
Maybe Feinstein’s husband Richard Blum has lucrative investments in the plastic bag business as well.
By the time I get home from the store, my purchases are spread all over the floorboard or the trunk of my car. The bags frequently break open, spilling & breaking the contents on the ground. You can find them everywhere, even in the air, as litter. They are useless once you get them home, so they fill up my garbage bags & the public landfill. They are a nightmare when tangled on the prop of the boat motor. Obviously, they are not nature friendly. Made from petroleum products, every one we use is a subsidy to our oil producing enemies.
Paper bags are so much better, IMO, as they have none of the above problems. They stand up nicely in the trunk of he car. Liquid products remain upright & do not leak onto the floor - spray bottles are bad about this. They hold more groceries.
I admit, they can melt in the rain & break open, but for disposal purposes, that is a good thing. Double bagging solves that problem & doubles the resulting free luggage.
As a kid, paper bags were a free, primary construction material. A kid can make many things from a paper bag, & not strangle himself in the process.
Paper is made from a renewable resource & made right here in the USA. Paper bags don't fund terrorists. As litter, it doesn't last long & nourishes rather than pollutes the ground it lands on.
I'm wondering what they do with the ones that are re-cycled. I just brought a huge bagful of them back to the Safeway bin.
LOL! Women love to collect them bags!
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