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    California cities are banning plastic bags

    The LA City Council voted to ban plastic shopping bags from stores, beginning July 1, 2010. Shoppers can either bring their own bags or pay 25 cents for a paper bag.

    The state of California is considering an Assembly bill that would ban plastic bags in 2012 and charge at least 15 cents per paper bag.

    San Francisco's plastic bag ban is already in effect.

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    Re: California cities are banning plastic bags

    as a southern california resident I am happy to see this. Those plastic bags are such a waste, the bagging guys will throw like 1 or 2 items in there and get another bag..



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    Re: California cities are banning plastic bags

    Not really a necessary move, but something I don't see a lot of Californian's caring about. I used to work at a grocery store myself, but I guess I was one of those rare employees that actually cared to use plastic bags effectively, instead of putting 1 or 2 items in each bag.


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    Re: California cities are banning plastic bags

    I just returned from Ireland where they haven't banned plastic bags, but each one is .22 euros a bag. Its been in place a little while and no one was complaining about it. It's a good move.



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    Re: California cities are banning plastic bags

    Actually it is ******** since it takes 7 semi truckloads to transport the same number of paper bags as compared to plastic. Plus if you look at the numbers, paper ends up being more harmful to the environment than plastic when taking into account all the chemicals used in the paper making industry. Plus when properly recycled the bags have a market value of between 10 and 20 cents per pound as a commodity. Kind of like bottled water. The bottles are worth 23 cents per pound. I thought it was funny how the mayor of DSM voted for banning bottled water in public buildings when during the flooding bottled water was vital to many of the people living in DSM. Just another group of mis-informed eco-doom preachers who think that by using plastic we are destroying the Earth and using up all th oil.



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    Re: California cities are banning plastic bags

    How about just bringing your own reusable bags. They are so much nicer and hold like twice as much.


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    Re: California cities are banning plastic bags

    Quote Originally Posted by JHpsyclonz View Post
    Actually it is ******** since it takes 7 semi truckloads to transport the same number of paper bags as compared to plastic.
    Ok...so how many semi truckloads does it take to transport plastic bags?

    Also, don't paper grocery bags hold more than the plastic bags do?


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    Re: California cities are banning plastic bags

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    How about just bringing your own reusable bags. They are so much nicer and hold like twice as much.
    This is the correct answer. Arguments can be made for either paper or plastic as they each have their negatives. But reusable bags cut out the need for either..



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    Re: California cities are banning plastic bags

    Quote Originally Posted by jbhtexas View Post
    Ok...so how many semi truckloads does it take to transport plastic bags?

    Also, don't paper grocery bags hold more than the plastic bags do?
    A small box of plastic bags usually contains 2,000 bags... i think they come about 100 cases to a pallet... I don't know how many pallets fit on a truck.

    Yes, I would say paper bags can hold more.

    We use plastic, but we never throw them away. We use them for small garbage bags, I take my lunch in them, and we recycle the rest.

    So is the charge per bag like a tax? Who does it go to? The city govt?



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    Re: California cities are banning plastic bags

    Was just emailed this link about Plastic Bag usage.

    PoconoRecord.com: Slideshow: The dangers of plastic bags


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