Paper and plastic grocery bags could soon cost you
Paper or plastic? No problem, as long as you have a nickel or so to pay for it.
According to an Associated Press article, grocery stores in various adidas football boots parts of the country are beginning to charge for the bags you use to carry your groceries home. San Francisco has even banned plastic bags. Environmental Protection Agency, 3.96 million tons of plastic waste, including bags, sack and wraps, was generated in 2008, said the AP. Of that, barely 1 percent was recycled.
I cannot imagine the Atlanta market going along with paying for bags across the board. From a business standpoint, some kind of goods container is part of the cost of doing business. Consumers pay for it one way or another. I for one reuse my bags as do many people I know. I use them to line smaller ga adidas football boots rbage cans, to contain food scraps so they don sit in my kitchen. They are also perfect for dog owners to pick up after their pooch. In fact my dog sitter loved when I found myself with a surplus because I gladly shared the bags. Is the department store going to charge me for a dress or suit bag? What about the plastic that furniture is wrapped in? Honestly, it much ado about nothing. Use them in the bathroom trash cans, clean out the cat box, take my lunch to work in them and on and on. The paper bags ar not reusable. I tried to put my trash in one of the large paper bags for the garbage men to pick up and they would not take them. I put the trash on the curb in the plastic bags all the time and they have no problem taking them. I don understand what is the fuss. For a while I had actually been bringing my own bag b/c some stores here would give you a 5 cents credit so I was accustomed to not getting plastic bags at all. When I went home (to rural Georgia) recently and walked out of the supermarket sans bag and holding the items, some people looked at adidas football boots me awkwardly but it was fine of course.
I live in a neighborhood where it generally more inconvenient to take the car to the grocery store than to walk the 4 blocks. I carry Envirosax with me all the time, which roll up quite small and fit easily in my purse or jacket. If I happen to forget my bags, I don mind paying 5 cents, and it reminds me to bring them next time. They have always had the policy of purchasing bags (paper only, no plastic, or canvas). I have a collection I leave in my trunk and reuse every time. They also do not bag your groceries for you, you do it yourself. Their carts are on a coin operated locking system, so if you put a quarter in the slot, it unlocks the cart for use. You get your quarter back when you put your cart back in the corrall. From a handling groceries point of view, paper bags fail without much warning and also when they get adidas football boots wet. However, plastic bags are elastic to a certain degree and will give before breaking. People also keep complaining about the recycling of plastic bags. It a fact that plastic bags require a significantly lower amount of energy to recycle than do paper bags. The only problem is that many people don recycle at all and therefore plastic does decompose slower. It does not decompose significantly slower than paper bags in a landfill though. (I lived here 20 years so I have some knowledge of what I talking about.) I believe most would just pay the nickel to not have to worry about remembering to bring a re useable bag with them. Then they would throw it away.
Even reusing plastic bags is not good for the environment. The bag doesn deteriorate whether it is empty or full of doggie poop.