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Bob Dunning: The solution, apparently, is *more* plastic

By From page A2 | July 22, 2014

EASTSIDE INGENUITY … according to my friend Randy, East Davis’ own Grocery Outlet has come up with “the most innovative response to the bag ban in Davis” by providing heavyweight plastic bags with the company logo and labeled for multiple use … very clever …

“No 10-cent charge per bag for now, and not a paper bag in sight,” adds Randy … in other words, I thought, while the ordinance requires that a store charge a dime for a paper bag, it’s apparently OK to give away a plastic bag if you can convince the Thickness Police that it’s strong enough to be used multiple times …

Unfortunately, when I headed down the street to Grocery Outlet to check for myself, I discovered the asking price for these thick plastic bags was 15 cents … how that sits with the Bag Police remains to be seen, given that these bags are, after all, made of plastic … asks Randy: “Will the People’s Republic of Davis find a way to ban these plastic bags as ‘not to specification’ and have Bag Police at each store to enforce the use of 10-cent paper bags or cloth bags?” … the first class of cadets has just entered the Bag Academy and will be ready for grocery duty come fall …

“Over time, reused bags could have dried-on meat drippings, fly larva and norovirus to share the conveyor belt with fellow customers. Because there is no cleanliness provision in the bag ordinance, stores could soon be asked to provide a bag wash service to launder your bag while you shop,” Randy adds … an excellent idea …

As for me, I just toss my reusable flame-retardant bag on the barbecue grill every now and then to kill whatever may be growing inside …

EVEN MORE READERS WRITING … Tim at gmail.com forwarded a communication from freecycle.org that says “Wanted: Plastic Grocery Bags. I am looking for any plastic grocery bags that you might have.” … notes Tim: “Doesn’t this person know that nobody will be giving away this rare and valuable commodity? These things are worth at least a dime each!” … holy exclamation points, Tim, you are right on the money …

MAKING DAVIS DIRTY … Janet, the Zamora native, asks: “Does it strike you as ironic that dirt from the excavation of the water treatment plant is being transported to the new Cannery emplacement?” … hey, Janet, if Woodland wants us to have it, who are we to look a dirty gift horse in the mouth? …

“Maybe some Walmart plastic bags have blown into the soil they’re transporting and will wrap around gulls’ heads along Covell Boulevard. Will the truckers who transport the dirt be fined for bringing in bags?” … no fine, Janet, but they will be turned over to Big Ed Prieto when they return to Woodland for another load …

IN THE BAG … already since the implementation of our plastic bag ban several weeks ago, I’ve seen people using “Target” reusable bags while shopping at Nugget, which at the very least is a violation of good manners, if not the law …

EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE … I took my young daughter to her favorite restaurant, Panda Express, the other day and she received her to-go order in a plastic bag … as I understand the new ordinance, plastic bags containing chow mein and orange chicken are exempt from the new plastic bag ordinance because seagulls for some reason avoid Panda Express bags in favor of Walmart headgear …

Panda Express plastic bags also do not end up in the Pacific Ocean to become part of the ever-growing Pacific Garbage Patch, which is now twice the size of Texas, Alaska, Antarctica and Rhode Island combined …

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