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Rework the bag bill

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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

Re “How would bag fee law actually work?” and “Dime-a-bag bill doesn’t look promising,” Editorial, Oct. 10:

Instead of charging customers at the checkout, why not go grand and ban all plastics altogether? Let’s throw in the cleaner bag, the freezer, sandwich bags and plastic wrap. How about the plastic boxes that are used for food in supermarkets and takeout. Why don’t we just ban the plastic industry instead?

After all, what’s 10 cents today? A day late at the library, two plastic soda bottle deposits. Some people throw them away so that the poor untouchables, oops, I mean unfortunates, in our society can find them and live high on the hog. Customers will grouse, and pay, but the problem will remain: They will still go home with plastic bags. Most of the time our stuff is double bagged, so this is an automatic 20 cents. I like to recycle the bags to use them for garbage. Why should I spend money for a bag for my garbage?

Paper bags were dropped in favor of plastic back in the old days, 1977, a mere 36 years ago, because too many trees had to be harvested. But in fact, paper is biodegradable and doesn’t harm the environnment as much.

Mayor Bloomberg in 2008 was vetoed by suggesting a tax, by of all people, the City Council, whose members never miss a photo op if they could help it. This time the stores would benefit from the charge.

How about merchants issuing a cloth bag for free with their logo on it (after all, we are advertising them)?. How about offering paper bags? Or a discount reward (10 cents for every bag we don’t use). Or a 60 percent cacao bar good for our health.

I hope we all show up at the City Council hearing, not just with our criticisms, but with some creative ideas. It’s not just the dime; it’s the principle.

Shirley Sacks
Forest Hills

Welcome to the discussion.