Letter: What has the Bag-ban Accomplished Eight-months in?

Dick Rudolph, Dana Point

Now that the Dana Point plastic bag ban has been in place for over eight months, what has been the effect? Well, all the grocery stores are giving out paper bags instead of plastic ones, and the use of heavier duty bags brought in by shoppers appears to have increased.

All good, you say? Well, according to environmental groups who address the plastic versus paper issue, No. Paper bags in their production and recycling are more harmful to the environment than plastic bags.

Has there been a significant decrease in the plastic bag litter on the beaches, in the streams or along the roadways? I don’t see it, but then I didn’t see it before the ban since I considered it a completely false straw man argument by the ban’s proponents.

What is the cost to the city to have this ban in place? Not just enforcement, but revenue loss from those who, like me, no longer grocery shop in Dana Point. Perhaps one of the good council folk could educate us on these issues, or not.

Merry Christmas everyone.

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One Response to “Letter: What has the Bag-ban Accomplished Eight-months in?”

  1. Sher Fuller
    January 3, 2014 at 7:49 am #

    Mr. Rudolph,

    I can see you now with pencil in hand marking off another day on your calendar – a whole 8 months!! Relax, Rome wasn’t built in a day; it takes time for some folks to get their act together and get with the program.

    One thing I still see is plastic bags in the water in the harbor, and on the beach. I have never seen a brown paper bag in the harbor or on the beach, why do you suppose that is? Perhaps because they are biodegradable and plastic isn’t? Get it yet?

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