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Should local towns ban plastic bags?

Original post made on Oct 6, 2011

Someday, that plastic bag you carried home from Safeway might be worth something on eBay. OK, probably not, but it may become an endangered species in San Mateo County.

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Posted by Hank Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Oct 6, 2011 at 1:24 pm

My wife and I have 2 dogs and we both work. We leave out wee wee pads for the dogs to do their business during the day. When we come home at night we dispose of the used pads in plastic bags from the grocery store and place them in the Recology trash bin.

If Menlo Park bans the use of plastic bags it will anger pet owners in 30 precincts. Since we don't live in Chicago our dogs can't vote; but we can.

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Posted by Gunther Steinberg
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Oct 6, 2011 at 2:26 pm

It is my opinion that banning plastic bags is the result of the too many people being sloppy and unconcerned with littering anywhere.

We use the plastic bags to collect garbage, bundle up the result and place it into the proper bin. Any unused ones are recycled at the local participating stores. We do use our cloth bags much of the time to preclude the need for such bags.
Absent receiving these bags with shopping, we would probably go our and purchase a supply of plastic garbage bags, very much like the ones we receive while shopping.

The people who litter will not be influenced by a ban, they will scatter other junk around, because they do not care. Enforcing the littering laws might help, but that too is low priority to any authority.

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Posted by Dog Owner Barks in favor of Ban
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Oct 6, 2011 at 3:06 pm

As a dog owner, I purchase and use biodegradable bags for pet waste disposal - and I support the ban on plastic bags which contribute to pollution and are a waste. If the store stop handing out the bags, people will start bringing reusable bags. It's pretty simple, and a great solution to the ever growing waste and pollution problem caused by the disposable plastic bags. Sorry Mister Lawerence, you do not speak for all dog owners. Don't be such a cheapskate and head over to Costco and buy some more environmentally biodegradable bags to dispose of your pet waste.

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Posted by Carolyn Chaney
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Oct 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm

A ban on plastic bags would be great. The CA Grocers support a ban and the CA Retailers beg for consistency. Our county is trying to achieve that by inviting the cities to participate, and the county is willing to undertake the Environmental Impact Study, which can be a hurdle for individual cities to pay for. The Almanac article is a bit misleading in its description of San Francisco, where paper bags are provided for free. If shoppers have to pay for paper, more of us will carry our reusable bags to the stores and cut way down on plastics that clog our freeways, streams and bay.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of another community
on Oct 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Yes, please ban plastic bags as we have proven that we cannot control their disposal. Bags wind up in the ocean, killing wildlife and marring our coastline. Bags wind up on the side of the road, blighting our community and increasing municipal cleanup costs. Bags wind up in curbside recycling bins, where they cannot be recycled, driving up waste costs when they jam up machinery. Bags drive up food costs as retailers give them away for "free". A plastic bag ban will create green jobs with California companies. I, too, have a dog and do not expect society to bear all of these costs so that I can save a few dollars a year on poop bags.

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Posted by Lanah Hotchkiss
a resident of another community
on Oct 7, 2011 at 8:50 am

I strongly favor banning plastic bags.
Redwood City, CA

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Posted by tom.h
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Oct 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

No! Consider some of the unintended consequences;
1. bagging takes longer, frustration ensues, people are more pressed for time, road rage follows, etc.
2. dog poop landpines proliferate(not everyone is as conscientious as Dog Owner Barks), anger ensues, etc.

Are we overlooking the obvious? Are not biodegradable plastic bags available for retail outlets? What do Whole Foods and Draegers use? (I can't afford to shop there, so I don't know)

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Posted by Hank Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Oct 11, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Rather than banning bags just require stores to use biodegradeable bags. I would pay a little extra for that.

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Posted by Cordona
a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 22, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Ban all plastic products if it is possible.... But one step forward would be plastic bags for sure. Biodegradable bags are available at BigLots if u don't want to pay that much, just make sure not to bag them.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 23, 2012 at 7:00 am

Ban all plastic - what a great idea. While we're at it lets ban cars and trucks and everything else that is remotely poluting. then we can go back to riding horses and living in caves. Super idea. How about this? How about we go after teh people that are creating teh litter with their irresponsible use and disposal of plastic bags instead of penalizing the vast majority of the rest of us? What a novel concept.

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