Letter: TACOMA: The truth about plastic bags

2014-07-21Tacoma News Tribune – Re: “Support ban of single-use plastic bags,” July 16. The letter expressed commonly misguided rationale for banning plastic bags. While the author admirably supports our environment, the issues raised are largely based on misinformation.
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Kroger Cuts Energy Use By 35 Percent, Ramps Up Sustainability Efforts

2014-07-21Triple Pundit – In 2013, Kroger recycled 35 million pounds of plastic from its stores and distribution centers, a 10 percent increase from 2012 and 33 percent since 2011. More »

Recycling: San Antonio to Accept Plastic Bags in Curbside Pickup

2014-07-17San Antonio Current – Rather than banning or taxing plastic bags, San Antonio is making it easier for residents to recycle. More »

Plastic bag ban plan gets recycled

2014-07-15Evanston Now – Evanston aldermen sent a proposed ban on single-use plastic shopping bags back to committee Monday night after several opponents and no supporters turned out to speak on the issue. More »

Critics: Proposed Raleigh Plastic-Bag Tax A Loser

2014-07-14Carolina Journal Online – Opponents say a tax on plastic bags being explored by the Raleigh City Council would be “extraordinarily regressive,” could cost consumers $1.8 million annually, would not help the environment, and may be unconstitutional.
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When Does Environmentalism Mean Replacing One Plastic Bag with Another? – If the environmental goal is to ban the use of plastic bags, why are so many environmental groups supporting a piece of legislation in California that would replace current plastic bags with a much larger, thicker plastic bags?
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The Millennials: The Politically Unclaimed Generation

2014-07-10Reason – Two-thirds of millennials think grocery stores ought to be allowed to offer plastic bags at checkout.
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NC Newspaper Issues Misguided Call for a Plastic Bag Ban

2014-07-08Americans for Tax Reform – Good intentions on the part of government officials often fail to beget good policy. Plastic Bag bans and taxes are no exception. While no statewide bag ban or tax has been imposed in the U.S., over 190 local bag taxes or outright prohibitions have, with Los Angeles being one of the most recent cities to go after plastic bags (never mind the City of Angels’ $7.7 billion unfunded liability). More »

Small Grocers Now Have to Adhere to LA’s Ridiculous Plastic Bag Ban

2014-07-05Reason – On Tuesday, the second wave of Los Angeles’ plastic bag ban went in to effect as small grocers are no longer allowed to offer customers plastic as an option to carry their goods.
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Plastic Bag Fantasy Island Vanishes Like Atlantis, Scientist Corrects Million-Ton Floating Estimate

2014-07-04PJ Media – The scientist whose findings environmentalists used to shame us into bringing our own reusable bags to the grocery store now says that his estimate of one million tons of plastic floating in the ocean may have been off by a factor of perhaps 143. His latest estimate ranges from 7,000 to 35,000 tons, and even most of that has biodegraded into granules. More »

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Learn the Facts

  • Plastic bags are 100 percent recyclable. More than 900 million pounds of plastic bags, sacks and wraps were recycled in 2010. More »
  • Plastic bags provide a cleaner, safer option at the grocery store. Many reusable bags contain high levels of lead; microbiologists have found harmful bacteria like E. coli, salmonella and fecal coliform in reusable bags. More »
  • Plastic bags take up 85 percent less space than paper bags in landfills. More »