November 27, 2008 10:26pm CST
Pay for bags or bring your own? http://my.yahoo.com/rogers_y_frame.php?mh=0&url=http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_29504.aspx Please read the article above and let me know what you think! Is it wise...Will it help the environment? Do You agree with this? Personally I wish they would just ban plastic altogether but this I feel is a good step forward and better than nothing! ~Heavens~
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• Guangzhou, China
28 Nov 08
Here the department stores and supermarkets no longer offer the plastic bags for free. It's a rule to protect the environment. I always bring my own bag. I don't want to waste money to buy the plastic bags and it will create much pollutions. I love China
28 Nov 08
That is great youless! As I said, I was so glad when I saw this and do hope that it will spread across Canada! It really is a good initiative and I have already been taking my bags along with me anyways but a lot of people still use plastic here...I think if they start this in all the stores, even clothing, it will deter people and encourage the use of cloth...It will really help out I think! ~Heavens~
28 Nov 08
I've just finished reading the article, including the pros and cons of this, as per interviewed Toronto residents. There are valid points on both sides. As for me, I never throw out plastic bags, unless they are totally damaged. We reuse and reuse again. The person who mentioned cleaning the cat's litter box, has a valid point also, as does the dog owner, who has to pick up their dog's poop. I think biodegradable bags is a wonderful solution, and the government needs to step up in this regard. They should be available for clothing, etc. too. If reusable bags are going to be encouraged, then each retailer should be required to produce their own, perhaps giving a sample one away to each customer. The costs for purchasing additional bags, should be kept to a minimum. I seldom go to a grocery store, but when I do, I usually have quite a large order. I would have to stockpile enough of the reusable bags. It's sad to me that the world has become so messed up in this way. Everybody needs to work together, at both the government and consumer level. It wouldn't be good though, if because of 'all stores' charging for plastic bags, the cost is passed on to the customer, in even higher food prices. Take care.
28 Nov 08
I do see some of your point Mom! You can already purchase boxes of bags at the dollar store to use for litter boxes and dogs etc. these bags when thrown in the garbage break down faster than regular plastic bags! Most stores do have reusable bags available and a lot are only charging $1 a piece for these. I have several of these and more than enough for a large grocery order or any clothing purchases I might be making etc. I have gathered them up over time so it was not a big price in the beginning! Personally I think charging for the plastic bags is a good idea as it motivates people to use their reusable bags instead of contributing to the garbage etc. Since this story was published, I have seen more people referencing to it and using their own bags at the store where I work...It is only a matter of time before this happens in our city also...Toronto is just the beginning I think! ~Heavens~
29 Nov 08
Oh Yes Mom! I'll see if I can get some to you They are scented too I think Good for litter boxes or your kitties messes....Scooping dogs mess or cages of rodents etc....They sell them at the grocery store I work in too but Dollarama is much cheaper! They've been around for a long time now! People can't use this as an excuse for needing bags now and these break down faster than regular bags, even in landfill! ~Heavens~
1 Dec 08
I bring my own bag. Of course, there is a problem with garbage, not the paper garbage, but the messy kitchen kind you have. And that means I would have to use on of the recyclable bags for garbage after I run out of plastic bags or maybe I could just put the garbage in cartons and dump it out on the compost. But if there is bones among the garbage, well it would kill some of the pets in the neighborhood, but we are all doing it to save the environment. oops sorry are not dogs and cats part of the environment as well? So I think that that there should be some bags for free, like those who are kitchen liners.
1 Dec 08
Hello Suspenseful! There are compost bags you can buy for all kitchen waste that break down much faster than regular plastic so all you have to do is put that stuff in a bag like that and the problem is solved! You can also buy garbage bags still but I am sure they will change that soon also but they will surely provide an alternative at that time whether it be paper or something of that nature! ~Heavens~
• United States
1 Dec 08
I had a couple of the bring your own bags given to me. i dont have a problem with them except for times when you have alot to buy and then what, you would need quite a few bags...so we would need to build them up! I wouldnt want to pay for thier plastic bags and they could start charging alot of them.
2 Dec 08
Well, it sounds like the fee per plastic bag is going to be $0.05 That is the current price that is charged at the discount stores (Price Chopper and No Frills) Word has been going around now for many months that they were going to be banning the plastic bags all together and so I have been building mine up over time at $1 a piece and now I have more than enough to do a large grocery or my son's back to school shopping etc. You are right though you would have to do it over time...In the mean time take some of your plastic bags with you and reuse them, every little bit helps! ~Heavens~