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99 Reuses for Plastic Bags

June 8, 2011Discovery Channel

Even for the most die-hard reusable bag carrier, plastic bags have a way of sneaking into your house–holding loaves of bread, hidden in cereal boxes, on those days you forget your tote at the supermarket, from the clothing stores at the mall. And once you let one in, they multiply like crazy; they’re nearly impossible to contain. But if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, right? The reuse potential of plastic bags is practically endless.

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Editorial: Recycle bags? No, use them

May 25, 2011Democrat Herald

The plastic bag ban ought to be defeated and forgotten. Nobody is forced to take one at the store. People who accept them often use them again, usually as trash bags. So the latest compromise proposal is not much better than the ban.

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KGUN9 finds out what’s lurking in reusable grocery bags

May 25, 2011KGUN

Many people are switching to reusable grocery bags because they’re better for the planet. But could going green actually make you sick?

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38 percent of businesses not complying with D.C. 5-cent bag fee

May 24, 2011TBD

It’s been nearly 18 months since the District started enforcing its controversial bag tax, requiring a five-cent fee for each paper or plastic bag provided to customers.

Since the law began, a “secret shopper” has randomly inspected businesses to see if they’re charging that fee. And 38 percent of them are not.

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For Long Beach, Plastic Bag Ban And Tax Is Bad Policy, For Councilman DeLong It’s Bad Politics

May 11, 2011Flash Report

For those lovers of liberty and freedom in Long Beach, I have some bad news for you. This coming Tuesday, your city council is looking to pass a city-wide plastic grocery bag ban and tax ordinance that is identical to the one passed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors last November.

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Bag This Tax

May 8, 2011Maryland Public Policy Institute

Is a “bag tax” coming to Maryland? The state taxes pretty much everything else, so it seems likely legislators will eventually get around to imposing a tax on plastic grocery bags. DC and Montgomery County are already doing it, and you know that if these jurisdictions have a bad idea, it’s going to spread to the rest of Maryland soon. This tax will be promoted as a tax to help the environment, but recent evidence indicates this is a weak justification for this tax scheme.

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Don’t ban, tax plastic bags

May 1, 2011Lexington Herald-Leader

The environmentalist mantra used to be the three Rs: “reduce, reuse, recycle.” When it comes to plastic bags, however, the only R legislators and activists seem interested in doing is “reducing consumer choice.” Oh, and maybe an F, for “Forcing consumers to use fabric-like reusable bags.”

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Are reusable bags doing the good we think they are?

April 25, 2011Mother Nature Network

As we accumulate more reusable bags, many of them go unused. Reusable bags are creating their own environmental problems. What’s the answer?

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Are reusable bags doing the good we think they are?

April 25, 2011Mother Nature Network

As we accumulate more reusable bags, many of them go unused. Reusable bags are creating their own environmental problems. What’s the answer?

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Plastic bags: Read the bill

April 22, 2011Democrat Herald

Oregon used to be a friendly place, fairly relaxed about what it allowed people to do. Live and let live was the unspoken motto. Not any more.

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