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County to ban plastic bags at most checkout counters

Original post made on Nov 8, 2012

On Earth Day (April 22) in the spring of 2013, retailers in Ladera, West Menlo Park and other unincorporated communities of San Mateo County will have to end their use of the flimsy plastic bags at checkout counters.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, November 8, 2012, 10:40 AM

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Posted by gina
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Nov 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm

This ban will not change anything. People who rely on plastic bags for their garbage or clean up after their pets will just start using paper bags. they think by forcing us to pay for paper bags we will switch to those reusable bags. As long as people have money to shell out for paper bags their use will not diminish but will increase. I would rather shell out money for paper bags knowing that no matter how much you wash reusable bags the bacteria in the bottom of the bag will always be there. I for one will not be told how and what I put my groceries in. If I have the money I will always ask for paper. This law is just another stupid law consumers have to deal with.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Nov 8, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Bacteria, companions to us all ...

From a San Francisco Chronicle article, July 5, 2012:

The human body carries more than 100 trillion bacteria - up to five pounds of the tiny single-celled organisms. The mouth alone has several hundred species of bacteria. Each tooth is its own ecosystem.

Together, all of the bacteria in the body would be the size of a large liver, and in many ways, scientists say, the microbiome behaves as another organ in the human body.

Each of our bodies has its own unique microbiome, cultivated from birth and built from our genes and our diet, nurtured by our exposure to a family dog or cat, by how much dirt we ate out of the sandbox and the antibiotics we've taken for ear infections or strep throat.

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Posted by chris
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Nov 9, 2012 at 9:16 am

At long last, we will be catching up to what Europeans have been doing for years. It's easy, and it's environmentally sound. You can bring recyclable bags to the check-out stand, or you can wheel your groceries to your car and place them in plastic crates that can be stored flat. No need for paper!

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Posted by No faqn of the Board of Stupidvisors
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Nov 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm

These 5 megalomaniacs just love telling us how to live our lives. We put them in office to work for us and instead they want to control our lives. So they inconvenience us and charge us for making our lives more difficult.

All that is needed is to require all supermarkets and convenience stores to use biodegradable bags and nothing more. Where do the Board of Stupidvisors get off telling retail stores that they have to charge for bags? It is none of the stupidvisors business. The decision whether to charge should left to the retail outlets. When government encroaches on businesses we have creeping socialism.

It would behoove all the cities in the Peninsula to reject this irrational ordinance and send a message to the County that the Cities are quite capable of making their own ordinances and we don't need the County to pressure the Cities. Back off Stupidvisors!

There is a problem using non-biodegradable bags and to respect the environment and each cty should pass ordinances to address the Problem.

My suggestion for an ordinance would be "All grocery stores and convenience outlets shall only offer their customers biodegradable bags". Nothing should be mention about the composition of the bags or whether the retail establishments should charge for these bags.

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Posted by Armand
a resident of another community
on Nov 9, 2012 at 10:13 pm

@ chris. Most urban Europeans don't have cars. The well-to-do, yes. They can afford parking.

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