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County seeks public comment on plastic-bag ban at checkout counters

Original post made on Apr 25, 2012

With the support of Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside and most other city and town governments in San Mateo County, the county's Department of Environmental Health Services is asking the public to comment on the scope of a proposed county-wide ordinance that would ban the use by retailers of single-use plastic bags at checkout counters.

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Posted by Plastic Bag Trash!
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 25, 2012 at 9:59 pm

It is time the USA stops being a "consumer" society and leading the destruction of the planet. It is time capitalism is not synonomous with planetary destruction anymore. Did our Founding Fathers envision our country and planet being consumed and swallowed by plastic and garbage? Did they envision a floating island of plastic trash out in the ocean where sea life (whales/dolphins/fish) and other animals feed on the plastic and it is ending up in the food chain? A dead whale in WA state was recently found to have plastic, rope, a golf ball, and other debris in its body! Did they envision floating barges of garbage/plastic and burning plastic trash in developing countries filling the air with pollution? Did they envision the ravishing cancers that are killing millions of important people from the toxins from plastic manufacturing and residues? Europe is the model for the world for the environment. If Europeans get around successfully and use re-usable hemp/cotton/fabric shopping bags why can't Americans? Less is more! It is time Americans start being leaders and models for the world.


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Posted by More Food For Thought
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 25, 2012 at 10:03 pm

It might actually save us all a little money too (by not requiring grocers/stores to pass on the cost of the bag to customers)! A good thing.