Plastic Bags Banned in Menlo Park

by on April 24, 2013

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It’s official. Menlo Park, in San Mateo County, now has the plastic bag ban, which went into effect this week. Yesterday I was in Safeway and they happily offer paper bags, but in this case, I declined. Don’t need a plastic bag for the large items I was buying.

But soon, I’m sure.

The ban came into effect because my fellow man can’t seem to pull off the tricky skill of properly disposing of plastic bags after they use them. The impact that resulted from that was more plastic trash in the sewers, landfills and the ocean, where that huge Pacific Trash Vortex is building up. For those lazy folks who couldn’t seem to properly discard their plastics… thanks for this.

I know… what’s one bag going to harm if you let it loose? If everyone dumped only one bag out the “window,” so to speak, and there are over 7 billion passengers on planet Earth, well, if you can’t do the math, then there ya have it!

Cat Yawn Picture

As it stands, cat owners are screwed. At least this one is. I reuse my single-use plastic bags all the time to scoop cat liter. Now, I guess I need to figure out an alternative.

But the one thing I really wanted to chat about are those fees that the stores are charging for the paper bags.

DON’T BLAME the stores. That’s the point I wish to make today with this consumer entry. It’s not the store’s fault they want to charge you ten cents, going up to twenty-five cents later this year, for paper bags.

It seems a dubious business practice that stores are charging consumers for a commodity that they used to offer for free and, I presume, whose costs are calculated into the overall pricing structures of products they offer.

Turns out it’s the local municipality that is forcing the stores to charge money for the paper bags.

And don’t think this plastic bag ban was something everyone wanted. It didn’t matter if each city, like Menlo Park, wanted it or not. If they didn’t accept the practice of this ban, the county would force a new environmental impact study (& fee) on cities if they didn’t adopt the practice. (Those run around $100k.) So it was either abide or be fined heavily.

If any curbside business installed practices like the paper bag fees or strong-arm tactics, do you know how fast they’d be called on for their practices?

So be it. In the long run, the plastic bag ban is good for the environment and our spaceship Earth. Change can be rough at times. And how it gets forced into action is a curious practice indeed! But there ya have it.

Pretty soon there will be a huge glut of cloth shopping bags in the gutters and we’ll be getting offered the opportunity to use plastic again!!! I’m sure of it! LOL.

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