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Posted: Thursday, April 3, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

Re “Many questions on dime-a-bag bill,” Editorial, March 27:

The great thing about using a model that was tested in a lot of other cities is that the kinks have already been worked out. The questions the Queens Chronicle asks have already been answered.

For example, checkout registers can be programmed to just take the number of bags as an addition to the transaction at the end. It’s pretty simple.

Self-checkouts are almost always partially staffed and have strategies to avoid theft of much more expensive products. Home Depot and other large retails have already worked out the logistical details in other cities.

The Chronicle’s question about what happens if a customer buys a plastic bag that rips points to a better question: How about using a more durable and reusable canvas bag instead?

And finally — as per the Chronicle’s fear about a windfall for local businesses — the whole goal here is to reduce the use of these polluting bags and get them out of the environment. Businesses already are paying for plastic bags – and so are you, whether you use bags or not.

Marcia Bystryn
New York League of Conservation Voters

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