Save our plastic bags

By From page A4 | January 31, 2014

Another bill, Senate Bill 270, is making its way through the Legislature to ban free plastic bags.

It’s the San Francisco disease. They want to charge us all 10 cents apiece whether its plastic or paper. By the way, since San Francisco’s plastic bag ban went into effect there have been five to six more deaths from intestinal infections, according to a study by the University of Pennsylvania.

And now the plan is for plastic bags to contain 20 percent recycled materials and be strong enough to be used more than 125 times.

That’s 125 opportunities to fill your grocery bag with germs like salmonella and other icky germs.

The bills authors would offer plastic bag manufacturers a $2 million subsidy to “retain or retool” their employees and manufacturing operation.

Here’s a better plan. Don’t mess with the 2,000 employees who help manufacture plastic bags. Make sure every grocery store has a container for customers to drop off their excess plastic bags. Many people save their plastic bags for lunch, dog poop, carrying various sundries and lining trash cans.

Consider this 2012 article by NPR’s Eliza Barclay:

“Think you’re safe from norovirus, the nasty bug behind the stomach flu, if you steer clear of someone who has it?

“Think again. Researchers in Oregon investigating an outbreak of stomach flu among some young soccer players learned the virus can hitch a ride on those reusable plastic bags many of us have gotten accustomed to carrying to and from the store.”

This is the kind of bug that recently knocked out 700 people on a Caribbean cruise ship and led to the Centers for Disease Control sending a team to the ship, which steamed for New Jersey.

That’s all we need is someone with one of those reusable bags turning us all into cruise ship victims without the benefit of a Royal Caribbean ship.

Mountain Democrat

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