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Washington slaps fee on plastic shopping bags ^

Posted on 12/31/2009 6:57:21 PM PST by CSA Rebel

Residents of the US capital may have to dig a little deeper into their pockets when they go grocery shopping once the city slaps a five-cent levy on each plastic bag issued at the checkout line.

The measure, which takes effect on January 1, 2010 and is the first such initiative in the United States, seeks to make consumers bear the brunt of clean up costs for the bags which currently are dispensed for free with a customer's purchases.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: bluezones; grocery; recycle; taxincrease
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To: latina4dubya
Yes, every dog owner I know (and I know a lot) uses these bags extensively. I cannot understand how San Francisco outlawed them. SF is supposed to be so pet friendly and such. People in SF now have to buy these bags. I have friends who live there and they always ask me to bring them bags when I go there. These bags are incredibly useful.
21 posted on 12/31/2009 7:51:10 PM PST by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: CSA Rebel

Great government thinking. A 5 cent tax on grocery bags. The gov’t knows full well people are going to pay this tax and will take this tax income and spend it on some welfare project. Then, when people do shift and the money dries up? Better make it 10 cents. All wrapped up in a “save the world” bow to make us all feel good about it. There’s NOTHING to do with protecting people with this tax. It’s about one more source of funding to feed an already bloated government. I wonder if a breakdown of the spent money will be made available to the public???

22 posted on 12/31/2009 7:53:09 PM PST by Organic Panic
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To: CSA Rebel

China’s Plastic Bag Ban Will Save 37 Million Barrels of Oil

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23 posted on 12/31/2009 7:53:16 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: CSA Rebel

Has anyone stopped to think how much plastic is in a gallon of milk container?

There’s enough there to make the plastic bags to bring home all of the groceries for on trip to the store.

If they really wanted to cut down on plastic use, they would insist that everyone bring back their milk jugs to be refilled.

Now, about those plastic liners in cereal..................

24 posted on 12/31/2009 7:57:59 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over-production, too much food, one of the annual top 5 worries of the American Farmer)
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To: Mmogamer

I assume they do, because I am asked every time I check out at Publix....”Paper or plastic?”

But the stupid thing is, we used to have only paper and they said it used too many trees, so we went to plastic.
Now they want us to go back to paper?
It makes no sense...but when did liberals EVER make sense anyway?

The worse thing is...they’re the ones making USA policy!

25 posted on 12/31/2009 8:12:46 PM PST by LadyPilgrim ((Lifted up was He to die; It is finished was His cry; Hallelujah what a Savior!!!!!! ))
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To: CSA Rebel

No, you are not the only one. I use most of mine for clumping cat litter.

What do ‘tards do with their clumping cat litter?

26 posted on 12/31/2009 8:14:51 PM PST by Let's Roll (Stop paying ACORN to destroy America! Cut off their government funding!)
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To: CSA Rebel
Sounds like one of those hopey/changey things.

Hey America! How's that hope and change thing working out for ya?

27 posted on 12/31/2009 8:21:28 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Remember in November! Throw all of the bums out!)
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To: GraceG
If they ever imposed that stupid tax here, I'd reuse the exact same bags for shopping. If they get ripped as some do, I'd just duct tape them.

This entire law is about money, not about saving the planet.

We now pay a deposit fee for water bottles. As I was crushing a milk gallon bottle I was wondering why aren't we being charged a deposit fee for these bottles? or mayonnaise? or peanut butter? or shampoo?

28 posted on 12/31/2009 8:23:36 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: CSA Rebel

I think San Jose, Ca is scheduled to completely outlaw the use of plastic bags next year.

29 posted on 12/31/2009 8:29:23 PM PST by blam
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To: CSA Rebel

I always say ‘paper’ when I get groceries and I tell them it is because I like to keep the loggers working. Don’t think that is working, though, because every mill in my area is now shut down :(

30 posted on 12/31/2009 8:29:45 PM PST by MTMS
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To: hinckley buzzard

Roger, Echo that!!

Someone contaminates their (eco-green reusable) bag at home, in the car, or from their kid’s or pet’s poop (etc.).

Then they bring it into the store and contaminate the whole checkout line.

Next, we have a E. coli (or similar) problem and the inspectors have one heck of a problem back-tracking the source.

31 posted on 12/31/2009 8:39:46 PM PST by Scrambler Bob (If you could read my mind ... just count up the felonies!)
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To: CSA Rebel

Everyone needs to go to the grocers, fill up their cart with a lot of frozen stuff, go to check out and when they want your bags or to charge 5 cents for theirs, say “NEVERMIND!” and walk out. When the stores get tired of having to restock everything, they will change the law.

32 posted on 12/31/2009 8:56:55 PM PST by anonsquared
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I can recall when plastic was a green-weenies dream. It saved all those trees from the paper mill.

33 posted on 01/01/2010 2:10:04 AM PST by Sarajevo (You're jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: Sarajevo

Yeah I see a pattern here. First we cannot use paper and they pushed the heck out of plastic then they wanted us not to use the plastic. Now they want us to use the cheap cloth bags we have to now PURCHASE... next those will create a bacterial problem that contaminates the food we buy and then we will be back to paper or plastic or???? some new cr@p they want us to buy.

Americans have truly become “how can we con the sheeple next?”

34 posted on 01/01/2010 2:16:05 AM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: antceecee

Maybe Knoxville will start up their fabric facilities again? Good Lord

35 posted on 01/01/2010 2:22:29 AM PST by eyedigress ( now.)
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To: CSA Rebel

Clean up the Anacostia? Sheesh!

When I used to fish the upper Potomac from Ft McNair to the Wilson Bridge, we never, ever ventured in to the Anacostia. There’s everything in there from dead bodies to dead refrigerators. They’ve been trying to clean up that piece of water for as long as I can remember. They refuse to accept the fact that it is the people that inhabit the shores of the Anacostia that are the problem. They use the river as their personal garbage dump and “open-air” trash can. It (the river) is completely surrounded by the Southeast ghettos.

36 posted on 01/01/2010 11:33:40 AM PST by CTOCS (I live in my own little world. But, it's okay. They know me there....)
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Dead bodies rot and old refrigerators can be recycled into planters around the house. It is the darn plastic bags that confound us!! :)

37 posted on 01/01/2010 11:37:04 AM PST by CSA Rebel
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To: CSA Rebel

“Am I the only one on earth that uses these shopping bags for trash bags in our small trash cans at the house? We also use them to hold our used diapers. Do they really want me to start buying trash bags for this same purpose?”

No, I thought I was! These envirofreak pansies know nothing about recycling.

38 posted on 01/01/2010 11:41:28 AM PST by AuntB (If Al Qaeda grew drugs & burned our forests instead of armed Mexican Cartels would anyone notice?)
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To: CSA Rebel
This is from the article - they're charging for paper, also.

Under the new law, city businesses that sell food or alcohol must charge customers five cents for every disposable paper or plastic carryout bag.

39 posted on 01/01/2010 11:49:37 AM PST by Veggie Todd (Get involved! The world is run by people that show up.)
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To: FrankR

To be honest I hate plastic bags. I have been using those reusable bags now for over 2 years

40 posted on 01/01/2010 1:06:20 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for 0bama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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