Ban Plastic Bags

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[[Include(seed)]] The banning of plastic bags is a very controversial subject. San Francisco has banned plastic bags for most supermarkets and pharmacies. Unincorporated Los Angeles County and unincorporated Santa Clara County have also banned plastic bags.

There are many reasons for plastic bag bans. One major concern is that plastic bags litter cities and create a mess to clean up. Another concern is that animals can ingest plastic bags or suffocate due to plastic bags. Plastic bag litter cleanup is costly and the cost is ultimately passed onto taxpayers.

Supermarkets and other stores generally are neutral toward or supportive of plastic bag bans. Plastic bags are currently being given away for free by stores. If plastic bags are banned, stores can sell reusable bags and earn a profit this way. The stores also save money by not having to give away free plastic bags. This means that stores will no longer be losing money by giving out paper bags. Giving away plastic and paper bags for free increases prices for all customers.

The multi-billion dollar plastic bag industry is vehemently opposed to plastic bag bans. Plastic bags are made mostly from foreign oil. Oil companies also stand to lose from a plastic bag ban. Big Oil is very powerful and will no doubt will spend money to oppose any ban on plastic bags.


From experiences in San Francisco, the impact to consumers will be minimal. Paper bags are still available. Reusable bags are readily available in supermarkets and pharmacies. Once people become used to carrying around reusable bags, a plastic bag ban is no big deal. Plastic bag bans can be good for the environment and ultimately will reduce costs for stores since they will no longer have to pay for plastic bags to give away for free. The cost savings from eliminating plastic bags will save stores money and ultimately can lead to lower prices.

The ultimate losers of a plastic bag ban are the plastic bag industry and oil companies.

Among the many things proposed to be banned in Davis, a ban on Plastic Bags has been discussed in the late 2000s and early 2010s.

The banning of plastic bags is a very controversial subject. San Francisco has banned plastic bags for most supermarkets and pharmacies. Unincorporated Los Angeles County and unincorporated Santa Clara County have also banned plastic bags.

There are many reasons for plastic bag bans. One major concern is that plastic bags litter cities and create a mess to clean up. Another concern is that animals can ingest plastic bags or suffocate due to plastic bags. Plastic bag litter cleanup is costly and the cost is ultimately passed onto taxpayers.

Supermarkets and other stores generally are neutral toward or supportive of plastic bag bans. Plastic bags are currently being given away for free by stores. If plastic bags are banned, stores can sell reusable bags and earn a profit this way. The stores also save money by not having to give away free plastic bags. This means that stores will no longer be losing money by giving out paper bags. Giving away plastic and paper bags for free increases prices for all customers.

The multi-billion dollar plastic bag industry is vehemently opposed to plastic bag bans. Plastic bags are made mostly from foreign oil. Oil companies also stand to lose from a plastic bag ban. Big Oil is very powerful and will no doubt will spend money to oppose any ban on plastic bags.

From experiences in San Francisco, the impact to consumers will be minimal. Paper bags are still available. Reusable bags are readily available in supermarkets and pharmacies. Once people become used to carrying around reusable bags, a plastic bag ban is no big deal. Plastic bag bans can be good for the environment and ultimately will reduce costs for stores since they will no longer have to pay for plastic bags to give away for free. The cost savings from eliminating plastic bags will save stores money and ultimately can lead to lower prices.

The ultimate losers of a plastic bag ban are the plastic bag industry and oil companies.

Media

The Davis Enterprise

The Aggie

The People's Vanguard of Davis


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