6 Responses to “Bag Bill surcharge begins Jan 1st”

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  1. Anonymous

    I support this as I typically bring my own bags to Safeway. My only question is how they will handle the fee at the Safeway self check-out if we bring our own bags.

  2. Tom Veil

    I can understand why produce is exempt. But hardware, frozen foods, and prescription drugs? Creating all these exemptions will just make enforcement harder.

  3. Anonymous

    the issue i have with it, is as a dogwalker this is how i get bags for cleanup, and I already see way too many people around the area not cleaning up after their dogs!

  4. Anonymous

    so keep using store bags to pick up after ur dog and pay $0.05 for the bags. Prob solved….

  5. Anonymous

    Save the River. Throw Your Plastic Bag in the Trash.

  6. Anonymous

    @prior Anon: That was my first reaction too when I first heard of this bill. I did not see a strong connection to bags that aren't littered and the river. However some sources I read claimed that even bags in the landfill blow away and end up in the river.

    In the end I don't personally focus on the river aspect of this campaign. The compelling argument to me is that non-biodegradable plastic is not appropriate for such a disposable and fleeting use as holding groceries for 10 minutes. Not when we have viable alternatives. I'll still pay the 5 cents and use plastic bags for the spontaneous small trips to the store. But for the big trips I'll use canvas bags. If most of us do this and other jurisdictions eventually follow suit it can make a difference.