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.