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Seattle officials propose 20-cent grocery-bag fee (Jan 1, if city council approves)
The Seattle Times ^ | April 3, 2008 | Sharon Pian Chan

Posted on 05/04/2008 5:12:17 PM PDT by Stoat

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Nickels and City Council President Richard Conlin proposed a 20-cent "green fee" Wednesday on all disposable bags to encourage customers to carry their milk and eggs home in their own bags.

Forget the canvas sacks at home? Shoppers at grocery, convenience and drug stores will pay the price starting Jan. 1, if the City Council approves. A family buying six bags of groceries a week would spend $62.40 a year in bag fees. The city will issue one free reusable shopping bag to each household.

"The answer to the question 'Paper or plastic?' should be 'Neither,' " Nickels said at a news conference. "Both harm the environment. Every piece of plastic ever made is still with us in the environment, and the best way to handle waste is not to create it in the first place."

The proposed fee, the first of its kind in the nation, is the latest green legislation from a mayor intent on making environmental stewardship his legacy.

Nickels and Conlin have been working on a "zero-waste" strategy to reduce trash and encourage recycling. They also announced Wednesday a proposed ban on plastic-foam food containers and cups at food-service businesses, starting Jan. 1. Nonrecyclable plastic containers and utensils would be banned in 2010.

"It's about the use of scarce resources, about pollution of our environment, about litter in our streets and parks and the costs, both economically and environmentally, of throwing away a piece of Earth we have an opportunity to protect and preserve," Conlin said at the news conference, which Councilmembers Tim Burgess and Sally Clark also attended.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: enviroweenies; grocery; plasticbags; seattle; washington; washingtonstate
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In March, Nickels ended the purchase of bottled water by city departments and proposed requiring all new Seattle taxis to get at least 30 miles per gallon. Last fall, he hosted a conference for U.S. mayors on climate change and persuaded more than 700 mayors to sign on to a pledge to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions based on the Kyoto Protocol.

"Never mind that Kyoto was rejected by BOTH Clinton and President Bush....if the US won't sign it and make it Federal policy, we'll just adopt it anyhow because we're hysterical Lefties and that makes us so very much smarter than anyone else...."

1 posted on 05/04/2008 5:12:17 PM PDT by Stoat
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To: Stoat
Seattle voters deserve it...keep sending Socialists to high office, you get more and more and more and more and more of your hard earned money confiscated by the Greedy Hand of Government.


2 posted on 05/04/2008 5:16:15 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (Just Say Nobama!)
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To: sionnsar

Pingaling!


3 posted on 05/04/2008 5:18:47 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Some people are like slinkys, the idea of them tumbling down a flight of stairs makes you smile.)
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To: Stoat

I agree with the charge for plastic bags. What a waste! I have used those large Sam’s insulated bags for years, and resent the waste that the throw-away bags produce.


4 posted on 05/04/2008 5:19:35 PM PDT by mountaineer1997 (Assault, mentally deficient, bully, ignorant)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Yep, they asked for it, they got it. Let them feel the pain.


5 posted on 05/04/2008 5:20:27 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Who Would Montgomery Brewster Choose?)
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To: Stoat

The government has no businsss dictating this issue. The cost of bags is factored into the cost of goods charged by the stores. If the stores want to ‘’give’’ away bags with their groceries, it’s their business.


6 posted on 05/04/2008 5:20:31 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. --Einstein)
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To: Fast Moving Angel

Loook for retailers to support this measure. Those bags are expensive!


7 posted on 05/04/2008 5:21:47 PM PDT by AndrewB
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To: mountaineer1997

>I agree with the charge for plastic bags.

and naturally, you and the government have the right to tax everyone for their choices when they do not agree with yours.


8 posted on 05/04/2008 5:22:32 PM PDT by bill1952 (I will vote for McCain if he resigns his Senate seat before this election.)
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To: Stoat
Every piece of plastic ever made is still with us in the environment..."

Stupidity on parade.

9 posted on 05/04/2008 5:22:57 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: AndrewB
Those bags are expensive!

Not that we don't pay an arm and a leg for food as it is. If I lived in Seattle I would just do my shopping in the suburbs.

10 posted on 05/04/2008 5:23:14 PM PDT by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: mountaineer1997
I agree with the charge for plastic bags. What a waste! I have used those large Sam’s insulated bags for years, and resent the waste that the throw-away bags produce.

And you don't feel that this should be left up to the free market, but that Government needs to step in and not ban them but make money off of them?

11 posted on 05/04/2008 5:23:15 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: NonValueAdded

Maybe they’ll realize their mistake...but I doubt it. Somehow the libs will begin to blame “Big Bag Manufacturers” for the cost.


12 posted on 05/04/2008 5:23:15 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (Just Say Nobama!)
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To: Stoat
To be collected and spent by the political class.

(Here in NJ they say they want to tax fast food. They think we don't know they're already taxing fast food at 7%, which means NJ probably makes more on a Big Mac than the McDonald's shareholders do.)

ML/NJ

13 posted on 05/04/2008 5:23:47 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Stoat

Why not mandate all Seattle residents just kill themselves? That will reduce the city’s carbon footprint down to 0.


14 posted on 05/04/2008 5:24:23 PM PDT by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: mountaineer1997

>>>>I agree with the charge for plastic bags. What a waste!

I read somewhere they cost less than one penny to produce and biodegrade after 4 months.


15 posted on 05/04/2008 5:25:05 PM PDT by angkor
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To: sionnsar

Publicly-humiliated-by-our-state-once-more Ping.


16 posted on 05/04/2008 5:26:20 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (If McCain really CAN "win without conservatives," then why do you care if I vote for him or not?)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Screw ‘em. Maybe they’ll carry home the bug spray one week and their produce the next in their nice little canvas pouch of death. Let Darwin sort ‘em out.


17 posted on 05/04/2008 5:26:22 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Who Would Montgomery Brewster Choose?)
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To: Stoat

elect idiots and pay forever for that mistake


18 posted on 05/04/2008 5:27:20 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... Home at last, Thank God almighty I am home at last!)
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To: Stoat

That would be regressive. They’ll need another government giveaway program for the poor to compensate. Isn’t it neat how this works?


19 posted on 05/04/2008 5:28:46 PM PDT by DManA
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

No chit!

Do you suppose they lie awake at night scheming to bring shame on the once great state of Washington?


20 posted on 05/04/2008 5:30:27 PM PDT by rockrr (Global warming is to science what Islam is to religion)
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