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originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: mysterioustranger
We have a deposit system.
Pay 6 cents, get 5 cents when you return the container.
originally posted by: CharlesT
Forget the tax. Plastic bags need to be banned nationwide...
originally posted by: Phage
Our single use plastic bag law came into effect a couple of years ago. Not a tax. A prohibition.
It took a little while to get used to putting my grocery bags back into my car. But I did.
originally posted by: RoryRahl23
I sometimes just browse for a cardboard box to fit my food into, so maybe flat-packed boxes could be introduced?
originally posted by: JAGStorm
Yet again Illinois is taxing something. This time they want to tax plastic bags, but Chicago would be exempt.
They would be the first in the nation to have this tax.
No U.S. state currently collects a statewide plastic bag tax. Link’s 7-cent checkout bag charge would be distributed as follows: 2 cents per bag flows to the retailer 2 cents per bag flows to the state’s general revenue fund 3 cents per bag flows to a new state-level Checkout Bag Tax Fund
So here is my problem with this. Most retailers already budget in bag fees. They are in essence double dipping.
Most bags they make today aren't worth 1/2 a cent. Very few retailers have bags that are even re-usable anymore. They are so darn flimsy they barely make one trip. We have one grocery chain here that makes super thick bags. You can use them at least a dozen or so times. Maybe they need to make the bags more reusable. The reusable bags that stores sell are terrible. They are barely fabric and are known to harbor e coli and other pathogens.
My solutions............... Hemp bags, tons and tons of hemp bags. When they have finished their shelf life customers can compost them.
Or other natural material. I know that cotton can be bad environmentally, so maybe something like hemp, jute, burlap.
Maybe we can even figure a way to use kudzu or other invasive plant and make bags out of them.
Maybe we have plastic pods and carriers and you are charged a rental fee, but get that back when you bring them back in.
We go back to the old days and use baskets, glass and wood. I remember when most foods were in glass, and it tasted sooooo much
better! Plastic and food is a bad mix!
Have you heard about the move to make plastic water bottles returnable for a $.05-.10¢ deposit?
originally posted by: mtnshredder
We need to do everything we can to reduce plastic waste. Eliminating plastic bags would be relatively easy and should be a no-brainer. Plastic bottles and diapers should also be on the radar.