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Bill To Ban Plastic Bags Introduced In State Legislative Committees

I work for a plastic bag Co. If the ban goes through, we will profit enormously from the ban. Plastic tonnage into landfills will climb dramatically just as it did in Ireland when they banned and taxed plastic bags. Bag manufacturers report sales increases of 70% to 200% in the year after the bag ban. 80% of 6 gram bags are reused as household trash bags. 12% are recycled. Customers had to purchase heavy 22 gram trash bags. More plastic, higher costs, higher environmental impact. Profit margins are way higher on purchased Kitchen trash bags. Bag Companies had to hire hundreds of workers. Wacko environmentalists fight tooth and nail to prevent an Environmental Impact Statement on this issue. An EIS clearly shows that 6 gram plastic bags are the most environmental option today for carrying your groceries home. Paper is really bad. 67 grams each. Deforestation, water pollution, Green house gases, air pollution, energy use, etc. Reusable bags are made of PLASTIC and plastic fibers. They weigh 130 grams plus require polluting laundry cycles to remove grocery bacteria accumulation. They require 22 use cycles to break even. Some sea turtles are killed off the shore of several US cities with no storm drain catch basins. All litter washed out to sea can kill marine life. As a percent of liter state wide, grocery bags don't even rate in the top 20 categories. Less than 0.1%. Fast food trash, beer, soda, etc. are the major categories. Shall we ban McDonalds... or a necessity for most families. I feel guilty every time I go to a fast food restaurant and deposit all those trash items made from trees. Recyclable Plastic bags are made from waste natural gas and a portion of the oil cracking extraction.

April 13, 2010 at 11:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )