Sunday, February 8, 2015

What Is A Bag Ban?

Plastic bags are lightweight, strong, convenient alternative to paper grocery bags. Flexiblity and and resistance to condensation also make plastic bags a more attractive choice.  

Compared to paper and reusable bags, plastic bags are far more popular among shoppers for everything from grocery stores to pharmacies, and retail stores. They are also easy to store and reusable for many purposes. 

Despite the popularity  of plastic grocery bags, a growing number of municipalities and  states are enacting laws aimed at reducing their use.  Some have even targeted paper grocery bags. 

The laws range from taxes per bag to outright bans on them altogether. Enter the term Bag Ban. Advocates have given a number of justifications for placing restrictions on consumers’ use of carry-out plastic bags. Included are concerns about the scarce resources used to create the bags, environmental concerns when they are disposed of improperly, the visible  roadside litter, and the cost of disposing or recycling them. 

As many as 18 states and the District of Columbia have varying local plastic bag ordinances in place to regulate, tax, or even ban single-use plastic bags.

Bag bans are truly controversial and can certainly be argued both ways. No matter which side you land on, at the very least they lead to important discussions on the matter, which may lead to a solution both sides can agree on.

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