Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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In search of that elusive Walmart bag

On my 3-mile run (I use this term run loosely), today I came across four stray plastic bags. One was too high in a tree to be accurately identified. Of the other three, one was only labeled “Thank You For Shopping With Us”; one was from Orchard Supply and Hardware, an invasive species, (whose type could be avoided if Davisites would choose to shop at one of their local hardware stores); and the last one was from Grocery Outlet.

But alas, I did not find one of those elusive and rare Walmart bags. As for the ones I collected today, I’ll stockpile them, for future use in cleaning up after my Labradoodle “running” buddy, because I’m hoping that when the recently passed plastic bag ordinance goes into place in 2014, all stray plastic bags, not just ones from Walmart, will be elusive and rare.

Michelle Millet

Davis

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  • December 22, 2013 - 6:25 am

    Hello. The Davis plastic bag ban will have no effect on Walmart bags. Woodlander's plastic bags will still go into our local landfill and blow all over the Earth and into our oceans (if you buy into the bag banner's rhetoric).

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  • Michelle MilletDecember 22, 2013 - 8:54 am

    No, sadly it won't effect stray Walmart bags flying around town, but it will eliminate all the ones from Davis stores, which are, a much more significant amount. And while it doesn't completely solve the landfill problem it will have an impact on it.

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  • ScottDecember 22, 2013 - 1:50 pm

    If the "local hardware stores" and other " local stores" want our business, then they ( and the city) need to make it as attractive as possible to us. A plastic bag ban/ paper bag fee does not do this! More than ever, our outlying cities will be taking in our purchasing and tax dollars.

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  • Michelle MilletDecember 22, 2013 - 3:42 pm

    To clarify, stores will be required by the ordinance to charge for paper bags. I hope people unhappy with the ordinance do not choose to take punitive action against our local business' because of it.

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  • December 22, 2013 - 3:50 pm

    Sometimes taking punitive action against our stores is the only way the city and its liberal politics will get the word. I always try to shop local but this stupid feel good bag ordinance is going to make me shop elsewhere more often.

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  • Michelle MilletDecember 22, 2013 - 4:59 pm

    A legitimate argument can be made that is not just a feel good ordinance. Studies and impacts from similar policies adopted in other jurisdictions (69 jurisdictions in CA have adopted similar ordinances that cover over 90 cities or countries) have shown that a dramatic reduction in the use of single-use carryout bags does occur when these policies are set in place.

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  • Stacia LangleyDecember 22, 2013 - 6:23 pm

    I sincerely doubt that local folks will spend five dollars in gas (plus their valuable time) to shop elsewhere just to protect their "right" to carry stuff home in free crappy plastic bags. That doesn't sound like the Davisites I know.

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  • December 22, 2013 - 11:36 pm

    Sure Michelle, it doesn't take an Einstein to figure out that there will be less plastic bags when THEY GET BANNED. Banning plastic bags does almost zero in the whole scheme of things except for liberals "feeling good about themselves".

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  • Michelle MilletDecember 23, 2013 - 8:34 am

    To be clear, when these policies have been enacted, restriction on plastic and charge for paper, there is a reduction of single use bags being distributed by stores. So people are doing things like, choosing not to use a bag for smaller purchases, they are consolidating items into fewer bags, or they are choosing to bring their own bags. So I would argue that this more efficient use of resources does have a significant impact on "the whole scheme of things",

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