Skip to comments.Want Plastic? It Will Cost You 5 Cents (except people on food stamps)
Posted on 02/08/2011 5:01:27 PM PST by matt04
If you don't bring your own bag when you shop for groceries, it could cost you a nickel for every disposable plastic or paper bag you fill.
State lawmakers from the Environment Committee will meet on Wednesday to discuss a bill calling for proceeds to be collected to go toward municipal recycling programs.
Reusable bags, bags used to cover dry cleaning and those used to protect delivered newspapers would be exempt from the fee.
People on food stamps would also not be charged.
...oooh & what a business it izzzzzzz!
here’s a novel thought, those on food stamps and Govt freebies should only get fish, veggies and fruit. This way MO can have her healthy cut the fat program reach more.
Yea yea yea I know they won’t as the people who are on this will not come out and vote for the left again, they’re got to have their junk food paid by us you know.
As for paying for plastic, so why not them? They get a pass saving the planet what utter more lefty crap
IIRC, it turns out those reusable bags tend to be full of nasties after a short while. Viruses and bacteria, etc.
I also recall some communities trying the bag fee and it not working out well.
A TAX BY ANY OTHER NAME!
NO THANKS JERKS
I’ll just steal a shopping cart and take that home with me so i don’t need any bags at all.
I don’t think the food stamp exemption will pass the smell test by the Feds. Better check that one out with a lawyer.... Hopefully, a lawyer that can read English.
First they whined about paper bags.
Now they’re whining about plastic bags.
But those reusable bags can harbor fungi and bacteria.
Will they also charge for produce bags as well? Or the produce bags I use to double wrap meat so it doesn’t bleed on my other food?
I have seen some of the cloth reusable bags people bring into the stores. They can be pretty grody.
The food stamp consumer/thief already gets a pass on taxes that you and I have to pay on certain products.
Wouldn't want to offend the left wing press.
Before they were yelling about saving the trees. Ok, since that worked so well let’s ban plastic. Admittedly they’re nasty things the way they’re all over the place. Go charge that nickle but get it back when you return it. Or buy your own.
The ultimate goal is to require people to buy no more food than they can carry in their hands.
These idiot lefties won’t be happy until there is a civil war with the public. People are pissed off enough over the price of groceries let alone this proposed idiotic fee for bags.
Ah yes, the old Soviet style of grocery shopping.
Bread line is only open until 4.
Meat line is only open until 4.
Etc etc etc.
On the other coast, Washington state demands their fuel tax, even from electric vehicles.
If the store won't provide any container then I will go to another store. Or I'll order my groceries online and have it shipped in a cardboard box.
Connecticut has a Democrat-infested legislature.
There is now a Democrat nanny in the Governor’s office.
There are no longer any adults in charge.
You can count on even more idiocy as time goes on.
They had all kinds of dangerous chemicals provided by America’s slave colony, Red China.
Oh no equal protection under the law either charge all or none.
But charging food stamp recipients the extra nickle would upset them and possibly loose their votes, so they won’t. It is also somehow racist. The specific reason is TBD by “civil rights” leaders.
They do this in Europe. Seems their way of life, including Obamacare, and carbon trading gets pushed here by the left.
If you’ve ever shopped at ALDI stores, owned by a German supermarket corporation, they charge for bags. I shop there because their prices and quality are usually good. I just grab a few of the cardboard boxes that they leave out when they put out the groceries. ALDI also charges a quarter to release your shopping cart, which you get back when you return the cart. This same company is also a majority owner of Trader Joe’s, which doesn’t charge for bags...yet.
Its good that the moocher class doesnt have to pay the bag fee...if they did, then not only would I have to pay for my bag fee, but also the bag fee of the moocher
In the end, Marxism and the Unions/Welfare State will cause war...in BK and utter chaos, nobody can eat gub’mint cheese.
They’re called “Tee Shirt Bags” at Sams. They sell them in boxes of 1000 for a lot less than 5 cents each. I have 4,000 as insurance here in Houston. Should the ban arrive, that stock will go up to 10000 (at least).
Why paper? They're biodegradable.
True. Also, one of, if not the largest supermarket chain in the state offers a 5 cent discount if you use a reusable bag of any type.
And let’s not forget that they will need a way to enforce this. It doesn’t sound like he store will pay the fee base on the number they purchase, you will at the POS. Therefore, the state will need inspectors to do undercover inspections to make sure they are charging the fee, also at taxpayer expense. So much for “recycling,” most likely for more state employees.
New York is trying to outdo Connecticut in that regard.
As far as I know they haven’t put a bag tax on yet.
But I haven’t shopped in New York for food because the state taxes are too high.
I shoud clarify, New York doesn’t tax food items that they consider important.
But there are plenty of other things they do sneak taxes onto.
So, looking for quick bucks? Smuggle plastic bags into the state. They’ll tax at purchase, which means that $18 box of a thousand bags will run $68. Sell your black market bags for $45 a box, make $27 a box.
I love my reuseable bags, easier to carry can get more in them and I have them put meats and frozen food in a plastic bag before going into the cloth one. I get 5 cents off for each bag I use. No charge for the plastic bag.
I'll take it a step further.
NO FOOD STAMPS FOR FAT PEOPLE !!!
LOL so true
I met a guy when I was up north who was from Nigeria Africa and he was on business there.
We got talking and he told me that the fat people in his country are rich because they can get food but the poor people are thin because they cannot get food.
Here in America the fat people are poor and the rich people are thin.
just nearly spat my drink over my keyboard reading that, it is so true
I remember those paper sacks. Would topple over, rip and everything rolls out. If that didn't happen, the bottom would fall out and the mayonaise jar would break.
I don’t recall paper bags doing that at all. But some grocery stores did use cheaper thinner ones. Plastic bags always collapse. 100% of the time.
I do. I worked as a bagboy at a grocery store while in high school.
I worked as a bag boy for a couple of weeks too. I have also bought groceries for nearly 40 years. Paper bags are far superior at holding their shape. Not a high bar to hurdle since plastic bags don’t hold their shape at all.
People on food stamps (and seniors on Social Security) should be charged double.
Store owners didn't make this ridiculous law, why punish them?
Did you also sleep in a Holiday Inn? No problem. I just tie the bags at the top. Much neater than having to refill toppled paper bags in the trunk.
Just be sure to spray them with some Lysol... kills the blood etc.. that leaked from the chicken or beef.
No, did you? I think you were the first one to put your experience forward as some kind of reference of knowledge.
I just tie the bags at the top.
That's a PITA. Then you have to cut them off to open them making them useless for anything else. Paper bags can be re-used several times. Besides, at the store I go to they usually fill the plastic bags too full to tie them and I appreciate that they do so that I don't have so many bags to deal with.
For those, like me, who prefer good paper bags they can be purchased online.
Nothing works better than a paper grocery bag for drying herbs.
I keep a cardboard box in my trunk, and set the paper grocery bags in them, keeps them upright so nothing falls out of them on the way home.
I used to do that with my truck but it’s a pain because I always have other things to do with the space that the box gets in the way of.
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