Skip to comments.Texas: Fee to use plastic bags after ban in Brownsville
Posted on 09/12/2010 11:01:43 AM PDT by dragnet2
Under new changes to the ban on plastic bags in Brownsville, shoppers will be charged an extra dollar for every transaction in which they use plastic bags after the ban goes into effect.
Starting January 5, the use of plastic bags will be banned inside the Brownsville city limits in effort to go green.
"We want to have a beautiful city, Commissioner Edward Camarillo said. We want to make sure that we take care of the environment."
The surcharge would be handed out by the stores.
What a racket...
It may be a good time to sell baskets in Brownsville!
Any word on regular light bulbs? Maybe just a small fine.
Just cut the chase: rename the town Greensville!
Build a friggin' golden idol to the environment with all the money taken in.
I like your solution!
Better to name it naziville.....I do use the cloth bags as they hold more and are easier to carry. 99 cents at WalMart. With things like meats that might leak, I have them use plastic bags and then put them in the cloth ones...but its a choice...you get a 5 cent discount for every cloth bag you use, but 1 dollar for plastic bags, I go to another town to shop....
It seem like most people that run for office are little Hitler's....
I found a cloth bag in the store’s parking lot. I use it. Toss it in the wash whenever I do a load. It’s nice to not have to deal with plastic bags anymore. Of course I still use plastic garbage and waste basket bags. It’s not a “green” thing with me. just a bit more convenient.
The citizens should designate 1/12/11 as the beginning of 7 days shopping outside city limits. If that doesn’t work on 1/26 do it for two weeks. The tax is gone by February. The sales tax loss would never be made up.
Holy crap....one dollar for every transaction???? Really? That is outragous. They are going to pad their coffers with this rule. I guess I would break down and use those ugly cloth bags for that price. In Europe, it is about 20 euro cents for a plastic bag for the entire bag!!! Not per item. That is much more reasonable.
Don’t they realize that lots of us take these bags and store them to line wastebaskets with (bathroom, office, etc.)? If I didn’t REUSE the bags for that purpose, I’d have to go out and BUY wastebasket liners!
What do liberal enviro-nazis use in their smaller wastebaskets? The plastic bags are useful for zillions of reasons (bringing vegetables to a friend, putting books in them to drop off a a donation center, you name it). I cannot fathom this kind of lunacy.
Err. Mr. Mayor, I've been to Brownsville and it is one of the ugliest cities in Texas. Plastic bags won't make a difference.
That's the idea.
They aren't "environmentalists", they're Communists.
Which is to say they're bullys and thugs, always looking for a cheap extortion gig, since working is beneath them.
"Four (reusable) bags were tested, and each used three times over a two-week period. One bag was reserved for meat only, another for produce, a third for cans and a fourth bag was not used.
The latter two bags tested negative for coliform, but researchers found the bag used to carry meat was covered in bacteria.
The produce bag had the most contaminants. In it, researchers found 80 organisms of coliform."
... Looks like there will be lawsuits. All those $1 fines collected will have to be saved for the lawyers & for the doctors who'll be treating kids getting sick from contaminated food.
Why are my groceries in a hand basket, and where are we going?
That’s ok, I will just scratch Brownsville off the list of cities that I will ever visit.
Unless they put them over their heads.
Now that would help Brownsville. They should have a People of Brownsville website like the People of Wal Mart website.
I hope the ICE’s going to have extra lanes open starting the 5th.
WM bags are fifty cents where I live
I heard the other day that the cloth bags hold bacteria. Be careful with produce.
Bullets flying in Laredo are okay, but plastic bags in Brownsville are a crime?
Texas is on its way to being South California.
In my wife's hometown in Ukraine, plastic bags are for sale at the entrance to the large, outdoor markets. They're relatively cheap but needless to say, most shoppers will reuse bags until they're so stretched and torn, they can't be reused any longer.
I see nothing wrong with this. Waste is not a conservative value.
Fill the cart with items and head to the checkout. When told that there is an illegal TAX, leave the cart and walk out of the store. Get enough people doing this and the store will put pressure on the city to rescind the TAX. Maybe.
lol, good idea :)
I see nothing wrong with this. Waste is not a conservative value.
Slowing govt growth, trumps waste...............
Sorry commissioner—Brownsville will NEVER be a beautiful city!
And on this thread, it's sounding a lot like entitlement.
Yep....Cept our weather is like year round paradise compared to Texas....That's why I'm here and not there....lol
“I see nothing wrong with this. Waste is not a conservative value.”
By this reasoning, you must think the individual mandate in ObamaCare is also okay. After all, going without health insurance is not a conservative value.
The “value” is being free of government interference and meddling. FREEDOM is the conservative value at issue here.
You're confusing FREEDOM with FREE. Nobody's taking away your freedom to use plastic bags. Are you entitled to free plastic bags? This seems to be the "conservative value" most expressed on this thread. "Gimme my free bags! Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!"
And how you somehow equated my sentiments with support for Obama Care, I haven't a clue.
If the purpose is reducing the amount of plastic going into the landfills, consider the amount of plastic dumped from industrial shipping and packaging.
Tons of plastic from plastic strapping to pallet shrink wrap are thrown into landfills. Inside the cartons (which are closed with plastic box tape) are products wrapped in plastic or protected with some form of Styrofoam. The total amount of such plastic that goes into landfills would make the shopping bag contribution minuscule.
Then consider the amount of plastic goes into the packaging of the products we purchase. That screwdriver comes in a plastic container. That container of ice cream comes in a container of plasticized cardboard. That box of Wheaties holds a plastic bag for the cereal. And all that plastic is necessary if we are to live in a safe society free of contamination. This is a reality of modern society.
If plastic bags were such a concern, why not just promote the recycling of them. These bags are recyclable. I only wish that more of that plastic were recyclable.
This plastic bag taxation is manipulating ignorant people into a guilt for the realities of modern society. It is a tax for no good reason.
Citizens with more than three functioning brain cells will sue...
Not the city, but the merchants charged with collecting the fees for not providing brown paper bags not affected by the plastic ban.
More data is coming out about food poisoning being spread by germs on reusable bags. For every case of food poisoning that occurs after the ban in the home of someone using reusable bags, the city will get a lawsuit.
The plastic bag ban will be rescinded in March.
Let's watch and see how I do.
Any other prognosticators?
Austin, Texas is now considering a ban on plastic shopping bags, making it the latest city to debate paper vs. plastic.
I prefer brown paper (I line my veggie bins with those).
But with meats the clerks use plastic.
I pass them on to the Poop Thief.
The browns pile up I take them down to the lil Boat/RV food store and they use them use them for customers.
A gal we know just came back from a Cali trip and being home on the range folks here in the PNW were we can/hunt/steward our resources she was shocked at the “psuedeo greenies” down there.
She said they act like they are into good earth stewardship (but don’t have a clue).
It is the “hip” thing to do, so it’s like all for show. Posers.
Hey if they outlaw plastic grocery bags are they going to outlaw the sale of Glad (or any brand) trash can liners/sandwich bags ect..?
I smell Bull Guacomali.
Someone one just came up with another “tax” under the guise of being “green”.
Really? When did cash on the barrel STOP being a conservative value?
I had a Dexter Morgan moment after reading your post.
My God how did we ever live in a Free society before plastic bags. /smart alec
First it was, “Don’t use paper. Save the trees. Use plastic.” I remember the first time getting a plastic bag and hating it because it seemed so insubstantial. It took about a week to love them because I could carry in almost all my purchases at one time and the condensation from cold stuff didn’t make the bag rip apart. Screw paper bags.
What a great idea! Give them a bill for forcing you to have to take all that trash just to get what you came for. Maybe a class action suit?
What a great idea!