Has the City Council gone completely around the bend? Are they completely out of touch? They are talking about banning plastic grocery bags but this shows just how out of touch they are. Paper bags cost more and are harder to carry and the costs will be passed on to consumers.
If their goal is to clean up our area, then crackdown on the big stores. I called one of the big retailers about the trash in their parking lot and they said "They are not responsible, the people that own the lot are responsible." So pass an ordinance to make the stores responsible to clean their lots and pick up the refuse in the vacant lots adjacent.
The alternative is to ban all bags, grocery, dry cleaner, anti-static, ice bags, bags for garbage, (oh that's a fun one!). How about freezer bags, sandwich bags, cellophane wrap. Then we can start on all throw-away cups and candy wrappers. Get real, people, wake up and smell the coffee. Oh no, I forgot, no more specialty coffee on the run for you after we ban the throw-away cups.
California has a habit of passing laws to protect people from their own stupidity, rather than making people be responsible for the litter they generate. After all, California has ruled that beach sand is a possible carcinogen and may cause cancer. We have a lot of people on probation that have been ordered to do community service. Wouldn't it be great if they were given the opportunity to work on a clean-up detail. They can get their hours and help their community. Maybe schedule a clean-up Saturday and all volunteers get a raffle ticket, and the most trash collected by any one group or individual from assigned areas wins a prize.
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