2-23-15 – Calling for a Plastic Bag Ban?

by Shayne Spence

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Rep John Bartholomew (D-Hartland) is proposing a ban on all plastic grocery shopping bags in Vermont.  Grocery stores, convenience stores and gas stations would be required to use expensive canvas bags or paper bags in order to help their customers get from the store to their vehicles with whatever they purchased.

This will further drive up the cost of doing business in Vermont, and grocery or convenience stores near the Connecticut River may decide to move their stores to the other side in order to avoid yet another unfunded mandate from state government.

Bartholomew’s bill is “patterened after the recent California ban,” which was the first in the nation.  That California law also gave grocery stores the ability to charge 10 cents or more for each bag they give out, which, if followed here, would push the cost of this law directly onto every Vermonter at the grocery store.

American Progressive Bag Alliance (which opposed the California law) director Lee Califf said, “SB 270 was never a bill about the environment.  It was a backroom deal between the grocers and union bosses to scam California consumers out of billions of dollars in bag fees without providing any public benefit.” “

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Lorri Bovey February 24, 2015 at 11:43 am

What a perfect waste of time and our MONEY!


Bill Carnright February 24, 2015 at 1:06 pm

Laws are needed when problems need legal solutions. What is the problem. The roadsides are not littered with plastic bags. They are recyclable and hundreds of them can be stuffed compactly into just one. We use them instead of buying the heavier plastic garbage bags to line our wastebaskets so they are keeping those others out of the loop and saving us money besides. We have plenty of problems to solve here. Plastic grocery bags isn’i one of them.


Cindy February 24, 2015 at 1:26 pm

Why not use what the store already has, boxes? They used to work just fine. Costco uses them, then they don’t have to dispose of them either. I hate the plastic bags, and bring my own reusables most of the time. There are too many people that don’t reuse them or recycle plastic bags, and I see them all over the place, hung up in trees or laying in the ditches. It’s sad to have to make laws to cover something so simple, but there you have it, some people are just not responsible stewards of the planet.


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