Gov. Brown bans plastic bags

Gov. Brown bans plastic bags

plastic bags, simanca, cagle, Oct. 5, 2014Because Gov. Jerry Brown just signed SB270, in July 2016 plastic bags will be banned in stores in California. Paper bags will cost 10 cents. We’ve had a similar ban in Huntington Beach for a year and I look at it as yet another tax.

At first, I remembered to keep and bring older paper bags. After a while, I thought that too tedious — just another annoyance government imposes on me. I need about one bag a day, so just asking for paper bags costs me about $36.50 a year. For a family of five, that would be $182.50 a year — a substantial sum for the poor and middle class.

The bill also mandates — excuse the governmentese, this is how they write and think:

“a reusable grocery bag sold by certain stores to a customer at the point of sale to be made by a certified reusable grocery bag producer and to meet specified requirements with regard to the bag’s durability, material, labeling, heavy metal content, and, with regard to reusable grocery bags made from plastic film on and after January 1, 2016, recycled material content.”

“Certified” means certified by a government bureaucrat. So it’s more employment for government employees and their unions — at our expense.

Novovirus

In Huntington Beach, I have to put up with shoppers ahead of in the checkout line fumbling to get their reusable bags ready, delaying the line and wasting my time. And ZDNet reported:

Recently, the Oregon Public Health Division released the information that an entire girl’s soccer team was infected with an outbreak of norovirus, a foodborne illness that causes severe symptoms including projectile vomiting and diarrhea. The source: a reusable grocery bag that they passed around and ate cookies from….

The Journal of Infectious Diseases says this represents the first verified occasion in which the virus was transported by an inanimate object, and that, “this also illustrates one of the less obvious hazards of reusable grocery bags.”

Dr. Charles Gerba, a professor in the Departments of Soil, Water and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona who conducts research about the transmission of pathogens through the environment, issued the following statement:

“The latest outbreak of norovirus reinforces the research we have conducted about the propensity of reusable grocery bags to act as hosts for dangerous foodborne bacteria and viruses. In reality, reusable bags are likely at fault much more often than we realize: cases often go unreported and uninvestigated.

“The cause of roughly 70 percent of foodborne illness cases, the norovirus spreads very easily and symptoms include projectile vomiting and severe diarrhea. It can have such sweeping consequences as school and emergency room closures. This incident should serve as a warning bell: permitting shoppers to bring unwashed reusable bags into grocery and retail stores not only poses a health risk to baggers but also to the next shoppers in the checkout line.”

Once again, government’s main function is to make our lives more miserable.

Sounds like another great reason to buy as much as possible online — preferably from another state.

Toxicity

And what about those evil plastic bags? Isn’t it worth risking getting hit with projectile vomiting to clean up the environment? After Los Angeles banned plastic bags in 2012, James Agresti of the Reason Foundation wrote:

In 2011, the United Kingdom’s Environment Agency released a study that evaluated nine categories of environmental impacts caused by different types of supermarket bags. The study found that paper bags have a worse effect on the environment than plastic bags in all nine impact categories, which include global warming potential, abiotic depletion, acidification, eutrophication, human toxicity, fresh water aquatic ecotoxicity, marine aquatic ecotoxicity, terrestrial ecotoxicity, and photochemical oxidation.

Furthermore, the study found that the average supermarket shopper would have to reuse the same cotton tote from 94 up to 1,899 times before it had less environmental impact than the disposable plastic bags needed to carry the same amount of groceries. This wide-varying amount of reuse that is required until the breakeven point is reached depends upon the type of environmental impact, but the median is 314 times, and it is more 179 times for all but one of the 9 impact categories.

For example, a shopper would need to reuse the same cotton tote 350 times before it caused less fresh water aquatic ecotoxicity than all of the plastic bags that it would replace over this period. Given the improbability that the same cotton tote would last that long (its expected life is 52 reuses), in most cases plastic bags will have less environmental impact.

So SB270 will make you sick and the environment more polluted. Typical California politics.

 

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  1. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 5 October, 2014, 12:35

    Over the years I’ve collected and stored over 1000 plastic bags and I’ll continue using them and reusing them until they break and I can’t anymore. I figure they should last me the rest of my natural life. What’s left over goes to my heirs. Maybe the stores can’t hand them out. But there’s nothing in the law that prevents me from bringing my own. The hand wringing liberals standing behind me in line will probably have strokes over it. That’s their problem. Screw ’em. There’s more than one way to beat the system. As a matter of fact, I think I’ll write “reusable plastic bag” on each bag in permanent ink just for special effects. That should really frost them! 😀

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    • David in the OC
      David in the OC 5 October, 2014, 15:27

      You can buy the plastic bags yourself for about $0.025 per bag in a carton with about 1000. Use ’em once, then hand them over to the guy selling oranges at the traffic light for his convenience. Just don’t use them in California to carry home your foie gras or horsemeat. At least until the EPA decides to ban them nationwide by fiat or legislation.

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      • LetitCollapse
        LetitCollapse 5 October, 2014, 17:07

        If we ever get to the point that possession of a plastic bag in the State of California is a crime – you have my permission to euthanize me. It’ll be time to move on. I’ll take my chances on the other side.

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        • bob
          bob 6 October, 2014, 18:25

          It’s to the point where you can’t even get a GD plastic grocery bag in this state thanks to the DemoNcrats!

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  2. ECK
    ECK 5 October, 2014, 18:27

    I’ve got my own plastic bags. I just put everything back in the cart at checkout, and bag it myself after I leave the store. No problem. I just put the used ones into the re-cycle bin.

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 5 October, 2014, 21:09

      Instead of buying generic plastic bags it makes a bigger statement to use the same plastic bags that the store previously used with it’s name and logo attached. That’s what I plan to do. I am collecting bags from the stores that I shop at now so I’ll be ready to go come July 2016. I might even xerox photos of Jerry Brown and tape them to the bags. Most people roll over when these fascist laws get passed. That’s why they continue doing it to you. You don’t fight back. No wonder we’re turning into a damned police state!

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  3. T Mind of Ted Your God
    T Mind of Ted Your God 5 October, 2014, 21:51

    You go Collapso Girl!!!

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  4. Donkey
    Donkey 6 October, 2014, 04:32

    The Eco’s are sick fascist control freaks!! 🙂

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  5. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 6 October, 2014, 13:23

    I always saved up the bags until I had a bundle–then I donated them to the local senior center. At the senior center in one nearby city, they use the bags to weave mats for the homeless. I prefer the paper bags and always requested such, in lieu of the plastic bags. Now I will keep using the plastic bags until the ban goes into effect. There are a million uses for plastic bags–I don’t think the ban will work.

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  6. bob
    bob 6 October, 2014, 16:09

    so just asking for paper bags costs me about $36.50 a year. For a family of five, that would be $182.50 a year — a substantial sum for the poor and middle class.

    It’s all about sticking it to the little people.

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