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For the bag fee bill II

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

Dear Editor:

Your recent editorial entitled, “Many questions on dime-a-bag bill” misses the point of the bill entirely. The point is to stop people from continuing to use plastic bags and get them to start using reusable grocery bags.

A simple behavioral change is what this bill is about — and for a good reason. We really cannot afford to continue to pollute with wild abandon this way.

Back in the ’80s, I was in Europe where they were already charging for plastic bags. The first few times I went to the stores there I forgot my reusable bags and paid for the plastic ones (They rang up my items, bagged them, then added the cost of the bags I used to the total, then I paid — not a problem. If one broke they replaced it free like you would any other defective item for sale — again no problem.) After that I remembered to bring bags.

I have been doing so here since that time. New Yorkers are fully capable of doing the same after a bit of adjustment (mainly remembering the bags and calculating how many will be needed). In fact I found some great benefits of reusable bags. They hold a lot of items, so less total schlepping of bags, and they rarely rip!

This is such a small, simple measure in the right direction. I am shocked that Councilman Ulrich is against this bill. He has small children. Doesn’t he care about the world he is leaving them? He calls it a backdoor tax but it isn’t. Its a deterrent and a tax that New Yorkers can easily get out of paying if they simply change their behavior.

Karen Klein

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