News, Analysis and Opinion for the Informed Boulder Resident
Sunday January 22nd 2017

Support the Blue Line

Subscribe to the Blue Line

That's what she said

city council transportation energy municipalization xcel housing april fools urban planning bicycles density climate action election 2011 boulder county open space affordable housing agriculture renewables CU local food climate change election 2013 youth jefferson parkway pedestrian development election 2015 preservation Rocky Flats BVSD immigration recreation mountain bikes GMOs transit farming boards and commissions decarbonization plan boulder urban design fracking fires wildlife colorado politics architecture smart regs downtown new era colorado journalism plutonium homeless transit village radioactive waste commuting natural gas ghgs parking rental height limits planning board april fools 2015 historic preservation energy efficiency coal diversity Neighborhoods historic district students walkability North Boulder gardens education land use arts population growth growth solar bus election 2010 water supply zoning University Hill taxes water quality library nutrition RTD wetlands election 2012 groundwater safety flood bike lane sprawl electric utility affairs of the heart organic april fools 2016 mayor flood mitigation election zero waste planning reserve county commissioners politics hogan-pancost flood plain transportation master plan hazardous waste longmont ballot right-sizing obama electric vehicle solar panels PV recycling golden comprehensive plan climate smart loan colorado legislature Mapleton diagonal plaza bears blue line pesticide congestion epa conservation easement drought food inequality flooding election 2016 boulder junction street design road diet bus rapid transit renewable energy climate change deniers automobile campaign finance children daily camera Newlands community cycles BVCP ecocycle sam weaver league of women voters PUC community ken wilson wind power david miller bob bellemare bsec contamination boulder creek kevin hotaling boulder crime suzanne jones tim plass john tayer arizona mlk EV green points technology Orchard Grove Whittier civil rights west tsa public spaces marijuana

SustainableCityNetwork.com | Banning Plastic Bags: Does It Really Work?


By

There are slightly different versions of the plastic bag ordinance depending on the municipality, but for the most part, the concept is the same.

Grocery stores and retailers are prohibited from distributing plastic bags at the register. They are allowed to charge a dime for a paper bag with at least 40 percent post-consumer content. Or offer reusable bags for sale.

“You would be surprised, but many grocery store owners favor the bag bans,” said Bowers. “‘I’m going to save $3,000 a month’,” he said quoting one grocer.

The bigger obstacle lies in changing consumer behavior and expectations.

“’What do mean you’re not going to give me a free plastic bag’,” some customers say. And the checkers are on the front lines.

“The checkers are really important people in this issue,” said Bowers. “Tell them its Mark’s fault,” he tells them. “Blame me.”

Miller says when customers are mad at the checkers, they hand them her card.

Read the entire article at Sustainable Cities Network: Banning Plastic Bags: Does It Really Work?

Rate this article: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...Loading...

What do you think? Leave a comment!

You must be logged in to post a comment.