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Will You Pay 5 Cents For A Bag?

1001084 2010/02/24 15:59:38
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It looks like according to the article below grocery stores are passing the buck to us! Consumers are expected to pick up the tab on the bags used to package groceries. Or you can bring your own reusable bags. Will you stock up on cloth bags or are you willing to pay for every bag used?


Plastic bags: To pay or not to pay?
By Melissa Eddy ASSOCIATED PRESS

For decades the standard question at U.S. grocery store checkout counters has been "paper or plastic?" But since January, consumers in Washington have faced a different question: "Will you pay 5 cents for a bag?"

Europeans long have accepted the idea of providing their own baskets, bags or nets to carry their purchases, or paying for bags. But in the United States, where retailers go out of their way to cater to customers' needs, being given a free paper or plastic bag to carry purchases is largely taken for granted. So not all Washingtonians are pleased.

"I think it's unnecessary," said Daniel Koroma, 57, as he toted groceries home from a supermarket in a plastic bag that he'd paid for. "They sell you the groceries, they should give you something to put them in."

While one major city, San Francisco, has banned plastic bags, Washington's law is the first of its kind in the United States. It is being carefully watched by activists who hope that one strong success will prove the tipping point for a program aimed at reducing litter, pollution and waste.

"Whichever state is going to pull this is off is going to have the potential to be seen as the one that has cracked this problem," said Vincent Cobb, founder of the reuseit.com Web site, which promotes recycling and sells reusable bags.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/feb/22/plastic-bags-...
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  • unicorn... Heart S... 2010/02/25 08:48:35
    unicorn_lady1
    +2
    o¿0 I am not sure, the hippies are flower children and therefore need water, ergo, they bathe. I just woke up so I am not in total functional mode. Heh, some say Hippies are just the happy side of grim socialism.

    I will say this, I have heard that the environmentalists want everyone to use this gross harsh feeling toilet paper to save .... something... and I say .. you there go for it, leave me and my @ss alone. Better yet maybe they can buy resusable cloth to save the environment. [grin]
  • Heart S... unicorn... 2010/02/25 08:59:07
    Heart Safire
    +2
    Oh, don't laugh! They are a year ahead of you on that one!

    http://www.sodahead.com/busin...

    *eyeroll* Can you beLIEVE it?
  • unicorn... Heart S... 2010/02/25 09:02:22
    unicorn_lady1
    +2
    "The softness sought in toilet paper by Americans is wiping out forests! While toilet tissue can be made from recycled paper, U.S. customers "demand soft and comfortable," said James Malone of Georgia Pacific, which makes Quilted Northern. Millions of acres of forest in North America and Latin America are harvested to meet the need, writes Times reporter Leslie Kaufman, who calls it the Charmin effect."

    OMG..... Anyone else have the feeling they want to just go to sleep for 20 years and let these people just destory each other? It is a control thing.

    I will go read that article of yours! Great find!

    I can't decide whether to laugh or cry. Thanks ♥
  • Heart S... unicorn... 2010/02/25 18:21:16
    Heart Safire
    +1
    Well, you know what the kids say! "When your sitting on the john and the toilet paper's gone, be a man - use your hand!"

    I hope the kids don't sing that one anymore....I don't want them giving the enviros any ideas!
  • unicorn... Heart S... 2010/02/25 20:14:43
    unicorn_lady1
    +1
    omg .. hahahaha...
    Never heard that one... o.0 .. I agree - don't give them any ideas!!
  • Red hig... unicorn... 2010/02/25 11:18:54
    Red high priestess in Nyx I trust
    +2
    Ok than! Great!
  • Red hig... Heart S... 2010/02/25 11:18:33
    Red high priestess in Nyx I trust
    +2
    Thanks!
  • Narcole... Red hig... 2010/02/25 10:59:01
    NarcolepticGoat
    +2
    What kind of bags are they using? All the grocery stores around here sell their own bags and they are very useful. I use them to carry all kinds of things and even as storage. They are much cheaper than totebags.
  • wombat Narcole... 2010/02/25 16:41:49
    wombat

    I use those ortlib bags you could haul a pig in it w/o ripping it.
  • Heart S... Narcole... 2010/02/25 18:19:54
    Heart Safire
    That's true, I use those to haul a lot of things. For some reason I never end up using them at the store though.
  • Steve Boston 2010/02/25 02:55:26
    What? This is ridiculous.
    Steve Boston
    +1
    Forget about the bags. They're nothing more than a cash generating save the planet scam. Would you join the rest of the programmed robots that check out their own groceries? The people that robotically line up to pay for that technology that checks them out? While you actually perform work for that grocer for nothing? While you keep some teenager out of a job that they really need? While corporate America continues to laugh its ass off at the free labor robots that pay for their technology all the way to the bank? Now our robots are being programmed to pay for their bags when the cost of the goods already has it well covered as it always has? Oh brother.
  • carlene 2010/02/25 02:49:11
    Sure, I don't mind paying for my bags!
    carlene
    +4
    Ill pay for my bag because I can control the cost. Please dont make me pay for my neighbors health insurance though.
  • unicorn... carlene 2010/02/25 08:25:47
    unicorn_lady1
    +2
    brilliant.
  • Bruce - RWNJ 2010/02/25 02:31:40
    What? This is ridiculous.
    Bruce - RWNJ
  • ImageBandit ~ American Patriot 2010/02/25 02:27:22
    Sure, I don't mind paying for my bags!
    ImageBandit ~ American Patriot
    +4
    I pay for may bags now - I dont mind its free enterprise - I mind the tax hike however
  • 1001084 ImageBa... 2010/02/25 02:49:33
    1001084
    +4
    I haven't paid for bags ,just figured it was part of the customer service...Which is fading out...good to see you my friend.
  • ImageBa... 1001084 2010/02/25 03:01:14
    ImageBandit ~ American Patriot
    +3
    good to see you too - - the bag thing - I dont have time to right all wrongs - so I pick my fights and bags arent one of them. so - pay for bags and dump obama - not neccessarily in that order
  • Heart S... ImageBa... 2010/02/25 18:23:23
    Heart Safire
    +1
    Well actually I would look at it as sticking it to Obama and his merry band of greennuts.....they are not really doing it for the money but because they think it will bully people into not using plastic - I will show them that I will still use it even if I have to pay!
  • ImageBa... Heart S... 2010/02/25 22:38:06
    ImageBandit ~ American Patriot
    +1
    the plastic rebellion - the line starts on the right LOL
  • Heart S... ImageBa... 2010/02/26 06:05:04
    Heart Safire
    +1
    Yeah, baby!

    yeah baby
  • Vault Dweller 101 ~In Flame... 2010/02/25 02:26:48
    What? This is ridiculous.
    Vault Dweller 101 ~In Flames I Trust~
  • 1001084 Vault D... 2010/02/25 02:48:14
    1001084
    +4
    That is too funny ...ROTFLOL
  • John 2010/02/25 02:14:47
    What? This is ridiculous.
    John
    +1
    Taiwan as a whole country is pretty much on that policy, though they're paying about 3cents a bag (a NT dollar over there).

    I am all for the planet, but I wouldn't want to pay for the bags, sometimes it's just inconvenient..don't mind going on recycled materials though..
  • 1001084 John 2010/02/25 02:53:10 (edited)
    1001084
    +2
    Wow ...Hello John!!! Sooo good to see you again! hope all is well with you! I guess it's time we get our own bags...lol
  • unicorn... John 2010/02/25 08:27:07
    unicorn_lady1
    What do you put your garbage in?
  • ray 2010/02/25 02:12:31
    What? This is ridiculous.
    ray
    +3
    Just buy a reuseable bag.
  • Thomas ~ King of The Forbid... 2010/02/25 02:00:19
    What? This is ridiculous.
    Thomas ~ King of The Forbidden Thunder Kingdom~
    +1
    What.
    No its ridiculous
  • dill fazie 2010/02/25 00:08:09
    What? This is ridiculous.
    dill fazie
    +2
    haven't we been paying for those bags all along?

    i mean i'm an independent service person, if the screw costs .05 cents then it deserves, 1 a mark-up for administrating, 2 a mark up for inventory, 3 a mark up for transportation 4 finally a mark up for profit... so how much do you think a .05 cent screw should cost?
  • 1001084 dill fazie 2010/02/25 02:54:32
    1001084
    +2
    I thought so too dill but I guess we're wrong again....good to see you..
  • What? This is ridiculous.
    Angel Among Us ♥†♥ American Patriot
    +3
    I have lots of bags I already paid for and I reuse them all the time. I won't pay for bags I want to throw away.
  • Huki68 2010/02/24 23:44:12
    What? This is ridiculous.
    Huki68
    +2
    I am cheap, no no, no. I can bring mine from home
  • 1001084 Huki68 2010/02/24 23:54:00
    1001084
    +3
    I agree ! I also hear you save a few cents if you bring your own! ;0)
  • bob'45 2010/02/24 17:08:25
    What? This is ridiculous.
    bob'45
    +3
    They can keep their 5 cent bags. I have reusable. :0) 5 bags reusable 0
  • 1001084 bob'45 2010/02/24 23:54:38
    1001084
    +3
    Thanks Bob I am gonna get a few myself..;0)
  • unicorn... bob'45 2010/02/25 08:28:08
    unicorn_lady1
    +1
    How much did you pay heb for that resusable bag?
  • bob'45 unicorn... 2010/02/25 14:13:01
    bob'45
    +1
    I didn't....My daughter gave it to me.
  • unicorn... bob'45 2010/02/25 14:45:26
    unicorn_lady1
    +1
    hehe.. that is very grand! :)
  • celticdragonfly 2010/02/24 16:23:05
    What? This is ridiculous.
    celticdragonfly
    +2
    I have actually purchased reusable bags to take to the store. Many of them offer a discount for the number of bags you bring in too. Just one little way I am doing my part for the environment. :^)
  • 1001084 celticd... 2010/02/24 16:38:23
    1001084
    +4
    LOL I just heard that from a freind of mine ... Time to get my own...thanks for your comment.
  • ~BlueBird~ 2010/02/24 16:13:10
    What? This is ridiculous.
    ~BlueBird~
    +5
    no, I would not, I already spend more than enough for food, now they want to charge to bag it...

    BTW, I already use reusable bags... =)

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