What ever happened to PAPER? or PLASTIC?

Dallas, Texas
September 5, 2016 11:07am CST
Nobody asks me for paper or plastic. It's always plastic. I don't like plastic. It's bad for the environment. Stop making plastic bags for stores and bring back paper sacks. It's a good thing to go green. The paper will deteriorate or you can put the paper in your barbecue grille and burn it up with the rest of the junk mail you burn when doing cook out on weekends.
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@nanette64 (17858)
• Fairfield, Texas
5 Sep 16
A lot of people have gone to taking their own cloth bags to the stores now too @lookatdesktop .
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• Dallas, Texas
5 Sep 16
I carry some in every store or if they give me plastic I place several inside a canvas bag. I then take the plastic bags and cut the handles off so the sacks themselves can be put in recycle bins and not be as likely to make the auger at the reclamation sites from jamming. Kroger lets you recycle at their stores at the entrance they have 2 tubs for placing old sacks. Actually you can re-use these plastic sacks 100 times before they get torn up. And back in the day when they put out a bag ban and we all had to pay for bags at the checkout stands, the didn't let anyone re-use their plastic bags unless they bought them there. This actually failed.
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@nanette64 (17858)
• Fairfield, Texas
5 Sep 16
@lookatdesktop I'm glad that here in Fairfield, once a month, they have a recycle truck show up at the local school.
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• Dallas, Texas
5 Sep 16
@nanette64 I wish they had a truck in my neighborhood. I would like to do be able to just gather all the excess bags and take them to one location each week or month.
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@NJChicaa (44963)
• United States
5 Sep 16
I reuse the plastic bags. Makes me feel less guilty.
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• Dallas, Texas
5 Sep 16
Well, they still end up somewhere other than my mulch pile in the garden. I mean, they will continue to throw out the plastic on the freeway. It is non stop until they end the production of it.
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@much2say (40060)
• United States
5 Sep 16
Here they don't ask if we want paper or plastic anymore . . . it's "Would like like a bag?" because they charge us a dime for it. I bring my own bags and have finally gotten in the routine of doing so (for a while I kept forgetting the bags in the car).
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@yukimori (9072)
• United States
5 Sep 16
I still haven't gotten used to it. I have to put them on the passenger seat or I just leave them in the car.
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• Dallas, Texas
5 Sep 16
@yukimori Plastic bags are good for other uses. I have been using them to wrap the pipes outside before winter cold comes. I also find them useful to carry small books and magazines to the donation library and my wife uses some to wrap around loaves of bread to keep them better insulated and fresh. I sometimes see my wife taking a bag and putting flour and spices in it before shaking pork chops or chicken parts and shaking them before baking them. It's better to make as much use of them as possible before taking them finally to a place that takes plastic bags. There are such places.
If you are looking to recycle plastic bags you can use our recycling locator to find a location near you. Most plastic bags are made of #2 or #4 plastic.
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@much2say (40060)
• United States
5 Sep 16
@yukimori It took a long time - like seriously over a year. There were many times the kids got SO mad at me because we would park the car and start walking to the store . . . and when we're nearly there, I'd realize I forgot the bags in the car .
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@egdcltd (6904)
5 Sep 16
In the UK they started charging for single use plastic carrier bags at stores and chains over a certain size (250 employees I think).
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• Dallas, Texas
5 Sep 16
To charge for sacks still doesn't do any good for the environment. It only puts more money into someone else's pocket.
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@yukimori (9072)
• United States
5 Sep 16
@lookatdesktop It does a bit of good because there are quite a few people who just refuse to spend that much on a single plastic bag. Of course, there are others who will just pay it anyway for the convenience...
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@egdcltd (6904)
5 Sep 16
@lookatdesktop It's supermarkets who were mainly affected, and most/all of those are saying that they will give the money to charity. Supposedly, there has been a decline in the use of the single use plastic bags.
@yukimori (9072)
• United States
5 Sep 16
Every store I shop at has paper bags, too. You just have to ask for it, because they rarely offer anything but plastic.
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• Dallas, Texas
5 Sep 16
Maybe they expect some kind of tip. Just wondering. If I offered a dollar for 5 extra paper sacks at 20 cents per sack that would be good. I like to put magazines ans books in paper sacks because they store better and can be carried out to the library for donations. Plastic sacks are too narrow and flimsy and thin to amount to anything.
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@yukimori (9072)
• United States
5 Sep 16
@lookatdesktop Maybe. I definitely agree about the plastic sacks being next to useless. I usually end up putting books and magazines into boxes when I'm planning to donate them. At least those don't normally rip!
@JohnRoberts (61195)
• Los Angeles, California
5 Sep 16
I agree. And no more plastic beverage containers or at least limit to water only. Soda and juice taste better out of glass anyway and we can live with aluminum.
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• Dallas, Texas
5 Sep 16
Agreed on all counts.
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• United States
5 Sep 16
The grocery store I shop at only gives paper.
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• Dallas, Texas
5 Sep 16
Wowl Funtasimundo. I like that. They are the exception to the rule.
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• United States
5 Sep 16
@lookatdesktop Either that or no paper bag lol!
@clrumfelt (5424)
• United States
5 Sep 16
It's a catch-22. If you use plastic people will say you are ruining the environment by using something that won't decompose for thousands of years. But if you use paper you are ruining the environment by destroying the trees. I think there is already enough paper around to recycle it and produce enough paper bags for years to come, but what it really boils down to is which one is cheapest to produce.
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• Dallas, Texas
5 Sep 16
paper can be recycled to be used as building material so that would actually save some trees. I think that, back in the olden days going to the market in town from the country home, one would carry several burlap bags, reusable and wooden crates to carry things back and just re-use them. They had the right idea all along. Back in the days before I was born.
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@rina110383 (24070)
6 Sep 16
Whenever I'm going to buy something, I bring with me my spare bag. It's even more durable than the plastic or paper of the store.
@marlina (76703)
• Canada
5 Sep 16
Most of the time I remember to take my own bags to the store.
• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
5 Sep 16
Thats a good point you just made lol I should start burning ym junk mail too on BBQ fires lol