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Don’t bag the ban at ballot box

Posted: September 12, 2013 - 8:01am

When the city of Homer passed the single-use bag ban I did my best cartwheel.  

Oh the sweet victory of common sense legislation, of indisputable action. I  wasn’t shocked that our town leaders would pass a landmark law. I beamed with pride knowing that Homer is, yet again, the progressive and  conscientious community that we love. 

When I hear naysayers (and I hear less and less grumbles in the check-out line) I want to remind them that those  free bags they love so much aren’t free: We pay for them one way or another. Or fervently say that a single-use bag is not “recycled” when  used as a trash can liner; it’s just putting off the bag’s inevitable trek to the trash. (Shhhh, don’t tell anyone, but a person rarely needs a trash can liner.)

Most importantly I want to drag them to the dump or the beach to see all the single-use bags that are polluting our area. 

There are  islands of plastic bags growing in our ocean. And that’s the issue most closely linked with our beach community. We live for and on the ocean. I am happy to say that our town is now less of the problem and more of the  solution. 

I love the bag ban. I think it’s good for Homer, good for the environment, good for us. I encourage you to support the bag ban in the polls Oct. 1. 

Rachel Allmendinger

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kearbear
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kearbear 09/12/13 - 03:41 pm
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Reusable bags are not only

Reusable bags are not only unsanitary they are infested with e coli and other bacterias, molds, insects, debris, particles of decaying food, dust, pet saliva, moisture, blood, urine, broken glass and other unknown contaminants.

Good for the environment? Reusable bags are usually made of jute, polyesters, canvas, cotton and are often imported from China, India, Bangladesh, and contaminated with insecticides and other unknown contaminants after being imported via container/cargo ships that burn diesel fuel to cross the oceans.

A plastic bag ban is another absurdity that inconveniences the public at a minimum and endangers the health of the community by spreading disease.

http://foodbeast.com/content/2012/04/10/chilling-reasons-why-not-to-use-reusable-bags/

foxriverfred
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foxriverfred 09/15/13 - 03:37 am
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Really carebear?

So, since you can't wash your reusable bags does this mean that you don't wash your clothes, also?
Or do you just use throwaway clothes?
Anyway, ours get washed regularly and hang on a hook by the door or wait in the car....clean.
Oh, and instead of a plastic bag ban, how about a 50 cent charge on each bag to be used for environmental cleanup......of all of the plastic bags-2nd most common type of ocean refuse after cigarette butts.
http://www.reuseit.com/facts-and-myths/facts-about-the-plastic-bag-pandemic.htm

kearbear
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kearbear 09/16/13 - 06:51 pm
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It's not a matter of "can't",

"Foxy"
It's not a matter of "can't", it's a matter of won't, or don't. People leave their reusable bags in the back of the car, in the storage room, even in bathrooms and hotel rooms. People leave them on the floor, in the back of the car, to transport who knows what. They are unsanitary.
http://savetheplasticbag.com/ReadContent723.aspx

http://www.coastalmommies.com/blog/2010/7/re-usable-grocery-bagsnasty-nasty

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