Skip to comments.SF May Ban Plastic Grocery Bags
Posted on 03/08/2007 2:08:18 PM PST by Cagey
SAN FRANCISCO -- Paper or plastic won't mean the same for shoppers in San Francisco if some city supervisors get their way.
A proposal up for consideration next week would prohibit large grocers from using regular plastic bags. Supporters of the ban say the bags eat up fossil fuels, litter the streets and choke wildlife.
The measure would require grocery stores to offer only bags made of recyclable paper, plastic that can be turned into compost, or sturdy cloth or plastic that can be reused.
The proposed ban has the support of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. But it's opposed by the California Grocers Association as potentially doing more damage to the environment.
President Peter Larkin said confused consumers would wind up mixing biodegradable bags with regular plastic bags in recycling bins, thereby contaminating recycled plastic.
It's nice to see Newsome doing something productive with his time instead of making headlines with his personal life.
Twenty years ago, shoppers were encouraged to use plastic bags, they were even forced on you in some stores, all this in the Name of " Save a tree"...
I remember when they banned paper bags!
Obviously, we are headed into a repeat of the "Global Ice Age of the 1970s".
You call this liberal left wing lunacy "productive"?
If they want to reduce the unnecessary use of plastice bags, they can have people pay for the bags, say 5 cents per bag.
I'm glad to hear that. I really don't care about newsome at all and could care less what he thinks about the idea cause it is not his idea and not HIS world.
That said...I love the idea and hope it catches on around the country. I personally am sick and tired of seeing plastic bags stuck in trees and plastered up against fences with names of stores on them. Let's go back to paper. It's the best.
I'm sure with today's technology they could do something so that the plastics wouldn't be mixed up in the recycle bins.
> You call this liberal left wing lunacy "productive"?
I don't think this is liberal left wing lunacy.
I prefer the plastic and I reuse them till they fall apart. Also plastic recycles more cleanly than paper. I don't know about biodegradable plastic. Is it really clean or is it just out of sight out of mind?
I guess that hefty grocery bag tax they imposed a while back did not do the trick. Why don't they just ban groceries? They do far more damage to the environment then bags.
Dear Lord, why do I think I gave them an idea!?!
fags but no plastic bags
I like plastic bags. They fit my kitchen trash can. Sometimes, when the bags run low, I go to the supermarket and buy some items and bag them myself. You would be surprized at how many bags it takes to bring home the groceries.
Fox News this went through all the nutty things that is floating around the state.
I use plastic bags for my trash, I never buy trashbags.
I bet ther energy reuired to cut down trees and manufacture paper is much more wasteful than the energy required to manufacture plastic bags.
Isn't most paper recyclable? Or perhaps they meant recycled paper? Idiots.
How do plastic bags 'choke' wildlife?
Is it possible to ban San Francisco?
Canvas bags are nice, but if you put meat in them or if you end up with some of our famous contaminated food and you don't wash your bags you could have some issues on your next purchase. People don't like to spend time washing grocery bags.
Can't use the trees. Those are Algore's carbon credit offsets.
US should ban SF.
Supporters of the ban say the bags eat up fossil fuels, litter the streets and choke wildlife.
This is as good as the global warming scam -- the mentally-challenged liberals of San Freakcisco just keep getting better.
When I have enough bags saved up, I have a big, plastic bag bonfire. They make pretty colors and lots of smoke.
I have a feeling California will outlaw plastic and paper within the next four or five years.
I know a guy who owns one of the few paper bag plants left. This will be welcome news to him.
I knew that when IKEA announced they would no longer provide plastic bags to their customers that the environmental socialists would take the cue through government restriction.
Plastic bags are bad, plastic boobs and botox and condoms, okay. Geez.
At least with paper bags the sackers didn't put one item in each bag.
Yep, we gotta be liberal. The latest liberal thing is about plastic bags? I remember when stores switched away from paper bags to save the trees. So it was liberal then to use plastic and not paper. Now to be a good liberal you have to avoid plastic?
What does it take to be a good liberal? How can we keep up with the latest liberal trends?
> Can't use the trees. Those are Algore's carbon credit offsets.
Maybe it's another underhanded move in the fight to legalize cannabis, since hemp paper is produced from an annual crop, is acid free, and requires less energy to produce?
Why not just hold it over your head until you die?
Ya know, Reagan told us that trees were the primary cause of air pollution. Turns out he was right about that too.
Good question. The closest I saw wildlife being choked this past year was that deer running around with a pumpkin stuck on his head.
CO2 in the atmosphere amounts to someting like .03 percent.
Paper bags are harder to handle. I can carry four plastic bags packed with groceries with one hand. Try doing that with paper. And, every single one goes to the recycle plastic bag bin at my grocery store. What is so hard about plastic bag recycling?
That's pretty telling. Anything the increases government control of our lives smacks of leftism. There are more important issues to deal with than plastic grocery bags.
I use all those plastic grocery bags in my little wastepaper baskets around the house. Very convenient for bagging up the trash.
Well, an enviro-journalist takes one of the bags and wraps it around the animal's head. Then they get out their video camera and record how evil humanity's garbage is choking the wildlife. That literally happened in the 90's and several of them got caught at it. I think Marty Stoufer(sp?) was one of them. Don't see much of the "plastic six-pack containers choking wildlife" stories much anymore.
Each paper bag is larger. I hold three easily; it's probably about the same amount of food, if not more.
And, every single one goes to the recycle plastic bag bin at my grocery store.
We reuse our paper bags several times before they get recycled.
What is so hard about plastic bag recycling?
Separating the various plastics into chemically contiguous lots.
Life and living causes "pollution." And certain types of life (one of the most plentiful on earth) thrive on the so call pollution -- c02.
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