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Austin May Ban Plastic and Paper Bags

The City of Austin, Texas may enact one of the toughest bag bans in the country come 2016.  The city council is set to canadian cialis scam vote on tramadol sale the ban next month that would require retailers to only offer reusable bags.

The ban would include a three-year adjustment period starting in 2013 for retailers and consumers to get prepared where single-use bags could still be purchased at 25 cents each.  Once 2016 hits though, only reusable bags would be allowed and that would include City of Austin facilities and all city events.

Some single-use bags would be exempt from the overnight tramadol saturday delivery ban, including:  restaurant carryout bags, bags for wine and beer, dry cleaning bags, newspaper delivery bags and bags that hold meat, fish, produce, bulk foods or pharmaceuticals.

Reusable bags would be defined as bags that are made of fabric or durable materials or thick paper or plastic with some recycled content.  The city would pay for an aggressive marketing campaign to get the word out about the ban with proceeds from the 25 cent fee.

via Austin Statesman

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written by Pietro, December 26, 2011
So victory for paper bags – they are the children of trees! – in the war against decadent, dolphin-smothering plastic. Except, like most wars, it is far from clear if it has left the world a better place. Wrap, the government-funded company set up to reduce waste, summarises the drawbacks of paper bags: while from a renewable source and biodegradable, compostable and recyclable, they require far more energy to make and transport than plastic, have less re-use potential and produce methane if dumped in landfill.

"Faced with the question of paper or plastic, the answer should always be neither," says According to a 2007 study (funded by US plastic bag manufacturers), it takes almost four times as much energy to manufacture a paper bag as a plastic bag. Paper-bag manufacture uses 20 times as much water as plastic and paper requires more energy to be recycled.

Cloth bags are far from perfect. An Environment Agency report this year found that a resusable cloth bag would have to be taken out 131 times to reduce its environmental impact to that of a single-use plastic bag. And despite all our fretting, plastic bag use has actually risen. Rather than pitching paper against plastic, we really need to change our habits. Apart from banning ourselves from buying more than we can carry loose in our arms, the obvious solution is a tax on all bags, an economic nudge that if we can't shop less we should at least reuse those bags stuffed under the low cost propecia kitchen sink.
Reducing and reusing
written by J. Richardson, December 28, 2011
When they introduced a tax on plastic bags in Ireland the consumption fell by 94% ( I think the key is not to replace plastic bags with cheap reusable bags that last a little longer and also end up in landfill but to invest in good bags. I am using kerribags ( for my shopping. They are very practical and sturdy. My cupboards were full of plastic bags and although I used to recycle them, recycling also uses lots of energy! The solution is reducing and reusing as much as possible!
written by gas processing, December 29, 2011
Not only in Austin these bag maybe banned in all over the world.
Seattle just banned plastic bags, too.
written by LO, December 30, 2011
I agree with the idea of adding a use-fee rather than banning altogether, though. How are dog owners now supposed to pick up after their pooches poop? But, I think this is another step in the right direction. Long uphill battle, but we must keep at it.
written by Refurbished Laptops, January 02, 2012
My wife uses colored plastic bags cut into strips and woven into a large carry bag which is generic cialis without a perscription sturdy and can be used for years, thus eliminating the need for either paper or plastic when shopping. Since the plastic was not ever recycled this seems to be the best of both worlds, and eliminates the levitra viagra online need in her future for paper and plastic when shopping.
written by amy, January 06, 2012
before we get carried away banning bags, we ned to train baggers to use the reusable bags made out of cheapest tramadol overseas recycled plastic. Sotres do not like to use them. Clerks consistently pack the bags too full. I am worn out be telling each clerk, each week not to put 40 lbs. of cans in the same bag just because they fit.smilies/angry.gif
written by Krista, January 07, 2012
I am a cashier and the reason we overpack the reusable bags is because people buy an entire cart full of food and bring maybe 4 or 5 bags. I am all for reusable bags, but if you want your bags packed light, bring enough bags! Also, bring bags designated for cleaning products and raw meat so you don't end up using plastic bags. We can't put a package of drippy raw chicken and follow link dosage viagra a bottle of Windex in the same bag as your food.
written by Tracy, January 09, 2012
Yea! I agree with the other poster that these need to be banned everywhere. I have used my own bags for years. It is not an effort at all to bring my bags rather than use those awful plastic bags.
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written by Jeff Birks, February 06, 2012
The argument is more complex than you think. For example, if a bag is bio-degradable that isn't necessarily a green solution either. Firstly the manufacture of the bag may have a greater environmental impact, and secondly the fact that it releases it's CO2's into the viagra official website environment faster than a non-bio degradable bag implies that it will probably have a more immediate negative impact than one that takes longer to degrade (imagine if we could make bags made of diamond - they would take hundreds of thousands of years to degrade, but would that really be a bad thing ?).
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written by Mrs T, May 16, 2012
I grew up in South Africa, (a usually behind the times country) they started a system where you pay for every plastic bag you use. This was a huge wake-up call for people to bring with their own re-usable bags and save money. All the supermarkets sell re-usable bags at their tills too. Let's face it people respond quicker to the threat of losing money than the threat of harming the environment. I really felt the improvement after that.
Now that I live in Israel (a supposedly advanced country) it feels strange the way they throw thin plastic bags at you, and even if you wanted to use re-usables, if you forgot them you're in trouble because the generic brands of tramadol supermarkets don't even keep them.

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