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


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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?

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