Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Paper or ... well, paper I guess.

Ok, this isn't in GP but I do think it's a cool idea. Leaf Rapids, Manitoba has banned "one time use" plastic bags in the community.

"As of April 2nd, By-Law 462 states that retailers will no longer be permitted to give away or sell plastic shopping bags that are intended for single use; only multi-use, reusable bags will be accepted. Anyone who contravenes this By-Law is guilty of an offence and could face a fine of not more than $1000.00."

If you're like me you have a bunch of these stuffed under the sink or in a drawer somewhere. I take them out to the recycling bins when they pile up but I still find them annoying. It's especially sad to see them stuck up in a tree blowing in the wind - yep that's what we're adding to the planet. You're welcome.

So, could an idea like this work in a city like Grande Prairie?

It's already happening in California.


Bumboklatt said...

I saw this story and thought it was a great idea. I would love to see it happen in GP but somehow I don't think it would ever happen. When we were in Taiwan, they couldn't understand when you said you didn't want a plastic bag to go with the one item you just bought. I would say "no" and then go to put in in my backpack and they would be like "oh, no problem, here, take a bag". They couldn't understand why I didn't want another bag. By the time we left (14 months later) they had instituted a 5 cent levy on each bag anyone wanted (similar to Superstore). That helped a lot. People somehow managed to improvise. Funny how that works.

Bruce H. said...

This would be a great idea. I believe that it would be a great way to cut down on garbage. During City Scrub it was said that the wind isn't the problem, but I know I've had more than a few of these blow away, even with some small items in it. And you can't catch em. Plus, they're terrible for the environment. I strongly support this


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