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Austinís Plastic Bag Ban Worse for Environment Than Bags It Outlaws (TX)
Cybercast News Service ^ | June 15, 2015 | 4:10 PM EDT | Emily Richards

Posted on 06/16/2015 12:58:18 PM PDT by Olog-hai

In an effort to protect the environment, Austin,Texas passed an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags in 2013.

However, a recent review concludes that Austin’s bag ban has backfired, creating more negative effects on the environment than the plastic bags it outlawed. […]

Two years after the bag ban was implemented, the city asked the Austin Resource Recovery group to investigate its effectiveness. Their June 10 report, written by Aaron Waters, states that while the ban was successful in lowering the amount of single-use plastic bags made from high-density polyethylene in city landfills, it was actually worse for the environment overall.

“The amount of single use plastic bags has been reduced, both in count and by weight,” Waters states. “However, in their place, the larger 4 mil [41,000 of an inch] bags have replaced them as the go to standard when the reusable bag is left at home. This reusable plastic bag, along with the paper bag, has a very high carbon footprint compared to the single use bag.” …

(Excerpt) Read more at cnsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: austin; bagban; envirowackos; liberalagenda; nannystate; plasticbags
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1 posted on 06/16/2015 12:58:18 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Hey, dumbasses. Think of a carbon footprint as a money footprint. It costs and has long been factored in before you thought you got smart and self-righteous.

The free market already figured it out decades ago.


2 posted on 06/16/2015 12:59:59 PM PDT by Crazieman (Article V or National Divorce. The only solutions now.)
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To: Olog-hai

Pardon me while I laugh my ass off.


3 posted on 06/16/2015 1:00:20 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Olog-hai
Waters recommended that the city eliminate the 4 mil reusable bags, educate consumers on recycling, and encourage surrounding areas to ban plastic bags as well.

Just like everything else liberals do, if it's bad, they make up for it in volume.

4 posted on 06/16/2015 1:04:21 PM PDT by Malsua
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To: Olog-hai

And 3rd grade public school classrooms scream in unison,”No! They are lying!”


5 posted on 06/16/2015 1:04:31 PM PDT by Mark (Obama Care is now DEMOCRAT CARE)
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To: Lurker

The people who passed this don’t care, their housekeepers do the shopping. Watch them double down and outlaw everything but canvas e-coli bags.


6 posted on 06/16/2015 1:04:46 PM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: Lurker

No leftist lunatic liberal plan for the public ever quite works out the way it was intended.


7 posted on 06/16/2015 1:06:27 PM PDT by Sasparilla (If you want peace, prepare for war.)
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To: Olog-hai

Even Los Angeles went back to plastic bags.


8 posted on 06/16/2015 1:06:28 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: Olog-hai

Now they want to ban reusable bags since they are bad for the environment. Crazy people.


9 posted on 06/16/2015 1:07:21 PM PDT by gunnut
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To: Olog-hai

Without the plastic grocery bags I would have to buy plastic bags for garbage cans in the kitchen and bathrooms, picking up dog poop, throwing away garage waste, and various other uses.

Extra plastic bags I take back to the grocery store recycle box at their entrances.


10 posted on 06/16/2015 1:07:38 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: Olog-hai

So what! It is not about the environment, it is about control and you have to break a few eggs to make an omelette!


11 posted on 06/16/2015 1:11:51 PM PDT by CSM
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To: Lurker

The City of Austism strikes again.


12 posted on 06/16/2015 1:12:55 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Olog-hai

What’s in your shopping bag? Bacteria
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/sns-green-bacteria-in-shopping-bags-story.html

“Reusable” doesn’t mean “self-cleaning.”

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Eww, reusable grocery bags’ germs can make you sick
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/01/06/reusable-grocery-bag-germs/4341739/

Reusable Grocery Bags May Present Health Risk, Study Says
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Reusable-Grocery-Bags-May-Present-Health-Risk-Study-Says-208978051.html
Tested bags contained salmonella, E. coli and other dangerous bacteria


13 posted on 06/16/2015 1:13:54 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Resolute Conservative

lol


14 posted on 06/16/2015 1:14:03 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Olog-hai
Those reusable shopping bags are not all that sturdy and will have to be thrown out after a short time as well. Most stores have a plastic bag recycling bin where you can return your used bags.

I'd say most of the litter you see on the street is from fast food joints and their typical clientele.

15 posted on 06/16/2015 1:18:07 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: RightOnTheBorder

Portsmouth, NH was talking about banning plastic bags. They did a test on canvas bags owned by people. 70% tested positive for e-coli. I say bring back paper bags. Plus, I use the small plastic bags for my bathroom trash cans.


16 posted on 06/16/2015 1:20:09 PM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: Olog-hai

STOP listening to these know nothing EnvironMENTALists


17 posted on 06/16/2015 1:48:05 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Resolute Conservative

PERFECT!!!

I’m glad I was there in the early 70’s before it got REAL BAD STUPID.


18 posted on 06/16/2015 1:59:08 PM PDT by mabarker1 (congress, The Opposite of Progress.)
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To: Olog-hai

But the idea looked so good on paper!!!!

[Another brilliant Lib idea that wasn’t so brilliant, after all.]


19 posted on 06/16/2015 2:08:52 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: mabarker1

My wife is afraid I will offend someone calling it that but it fits the mind set to a tee.


20 posted on 06/16/2015 2:13:37 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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