Bag bans haven't worked
06/01/2014 2:05 PM
05/28/2014 12:07 PM
Re "Ban single-use plastic bags; they need to go" (Forum, May 18): Regarding SB270, bag bans don't work and are causing huge increases in paper bag use, with each bag generating 50 times as much pollution and 1 gallon of toxic paper mill waste--dumped into the ocean.
Bans have never worked. Paper bag usage must be under 10 percent to not greatly increase pollution. The group Friends of the California Current has been collecting data since November 2010. Pioneering San Francisco still showed 89 percent paper grocery bags in April 2012--after 4 1/2 years. Stanford Shopping Center showed 79 percent paper bags in October 2013 after four years.
Bans aren't currently working. A hundred surveys counting bags used by 2,500-3,000 shoppers show supermarkets average 45 percent paper, shopping centers 80 percent paper.
Paper bags could cost Californians $1.5 Billion/year with 5 Billion gallons of sewage dumped into the Pacific. How could we possibly pass SB270?
-- Richard Wieckowicz, Aptos
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