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Taxing the plastic shopping bag

So I'm in my car listening to NPR and they brought up a new group who is trying to pass a bill (here in CT) to put a 5 cent tax on each plastic shopping bag you get to put your groceries in. What? So they go on to say that this is to promote people to start using reusable bags (ie the canvas bags that they sell for like 5 bucks) to help reduce the waste in the landfills (NJ?), ok I can see this, but why? If you're for saving the enviroment great more power to ya, but why force this down the rest of the state/country.

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Some other parts of the world, and most of Western Europe have been charging for bags for the last 20 years or so.
They use reusable bags like the ones Trader Joe's carries, and people usually bag their own groceries.
For the same period of time, your trash has to be separated into 3, plastic, paper/card board, and glass.
Otherwise your trash won't get picked up.
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I hate to sound Mas Puto! but really. Buy your own bag. Your great great great grandchildren will thank you. I have been using my own bags @ Trader Joe's for years.

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I have no problem with that. Plastic bags were .25 Euro when we were in Ireland.

$5? Where you been, in a sack somewhere? Safeway, Lucky, all of them have different sizes of reusable bags for a buck or two...and Lucky gives you a discount in the future each time you use it.

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So I'm in my car listening to NPR and they brought up a new group who is trying to pass a bill (here in CT) to put a 5 cent tax on each plastic shopping bag you get to put your groceries in. What? So they go on to say that this is to promote people to start using reusable bags (ie the canvas bags that they sell for like 5 bucks) to help reduce the waste in the landfills (NJ?), ok I can see this, but why? If you're for saving the enviroment great more power to ya, but why force this down the rest of the state/country.
Because, besides the environmental issues the rest of the state/country have to incur taxes and expenses paying for landfills and cleanup costs for plastic bags. Because most people are too lazy to take them back to the store to have them recycled there had to be another solution...your .05 tax.

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Yep
When I am litter picking the roadside verges along our frontage
I never bother taking a bag with me as I always find enough discarded plastic carrier bags to do.
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I'd rather see a .05 tax by the government, where there is at least a chance that I'll see some benefit from the money in some way as opposed to the store charging you .05 per bag to try to discourage their use. That's what is happening in Toronto because City Council didn't want to be seen as increasing taxes. The grocery chains will be charging for the bags and keeping the profit for themselves. Sure, some people will opt to buy reusable bags (we've been doing it for years), but others will keep the convenience of the plastic bag and add to the profit line of the grocery stores.
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While I would love to reduce my expense budget by no longer having to order plastic bags regularly, the thought of 'customers' strolling through the store with large bags of their own design sets the klaxons* off in my brain.






*What? You don't have the alarm gene?

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