It’s here! Well, it’s going to be here October 15, 2011. Grocery store plastic bags will be banned from Portland henceforth. This ban had been in the works for a few years and the city council waited to see if the statewide legislature would pass it. Unfortunately that bill failed because they were not able to get the support needed. The failed bill would have also put a 5 cent fee on paper bags which is not in the city’s bill.
Anyway, the city council voted unanimously to ban the grocery plastic bags and we’ll see if Portland will survive Bagocalypse.
From the comments section of the Oregonian, we can see there is much opposition to this bill. Most of the complaints are as follows…
- I use these plastic bags to pick up my doggie’s business…
- I use these as trash bags.
- Plastic bags are much easier to carry than paper bags.
- “Outlaw plastic bags, and only outlaws will have plastic bags”
- Don’t tell me what to do! and I just won’t shop in Portland responses.
Well, it’s done so the consumers will have to use recyclable bags or paper bags. We mostly switched to these years ago so it won’t be a big deal to our household. IMO, a paper bag works just as well for the doggies. Why wrap something biodegradable with a non-biodegradable plastic bag?
I think it’s great that we’ll do away with plastic bags.
- They take forever to decompose.
- We can’t recycle them easily. You can’t just throw them into the recycling bin because they’ll jam the sorting machine. It costs more to recycle than to make new plastic bags.
- Plastic bags kill turtles and other marine animals.
- They are made from petroleum. Wouldn’t you rather use petroleum to fuel your vehicle? The manufacturing process also emits a lot of pollution.
Paper bags are also just as bad for the environment as I understand. I read that if you’re near the coast go for paper so the plastic doesn’t get into the ocean. It’s best to use those reusable cloth bags instead.
I’m glad Portland joined San Francisco, San Jose, LA and many other cities around the world and banned the bags. There will be some adjustments, but I suspect people will be able to live with out them. What would you do if they ban plastic bags in your city? Would you drive to another city to shop?