Woodside: Bag ban goes back to drawing board
Original post made on Feb 28, 2013
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on Feb 28, 2013 at 12:49 pm
Charging for paper bags is "an income transfer," Mr. Shanahan said. "It's 10 cents out of my neighbor's pocket. It's not very much but why am I making that decision?"
I would ask Mr. Shanahan if he thinks all such "income transfers" are beyond the purview of government? For instance, charging residents for a sewer system is an income transfer too. You think your neighbor should be able to discharge his waste into the street if he wants?
on Feb 28, 2013 at 1:17 pm
I am a resident who routinely uses the paper bags from grocery stores to recycle bottles, cans and newspapers. If I have enough of them, I use a reusable bag, as I do at the farmer's market each week. But I like the convenience of a biodegadeable paper bag to carry out my recycling. These bags are made from wood chips left over when square lumber is cut from round trees and from recycled paper and corrugated boxxes.
I am likely to be shopping at Robert's more, just for the convenience of getting paper bags. The compostable plastic bags I use for food waste are substantially more expensive. I favor banning the single-use plastic bags which are a blight on the landscape.But charging for the paper bags is silly.
on Feb 28, 2013 at 2:53 pm
"Encourage behavior", "educating the citizens", contributing to acid rain, and so forth... To pass a ordinance to ban bags, paper or plastic, says to the citizens of Woodside: "You're basically not smart enough or care enough about the environment to make such critical decisions without our (the council) infinite wisdom and supervision."
I, for one and perhaps many, find such an attitude by the elected officials of Woodside to be insulting. I highly doubt one will find Robert's bags floating in the Pacific or littering Asian. Strongly suggest allowing the citizens of Woodside to use their own judgment and intelligence to utilize and dispose of bags without "encouragement" or fines.