Finally our local supermarket is going to start charging 5 cents each for
plastic bags. It is about time. But, I suppose, better late than never.
Hopefully people will realise that it is better to spend a couple of
dollars on a resuseable shopping bag; just as long as you can wash it
with bleach. Jim.
On Apr 4, 11:41=A0am, snipped-for-privacy@FreeNet.Carleton.CA (F.James Cripwell)
And how will you dispose of your garbage now, or don't you have any
garbage in your home? I recycle the plastic bags for that use.
I can't say I'll miss the plastic bags from the SuperStore as they were to
flimsy to reuse for garbage anyhow. I've been using my own cloth bags there
for quite awhile. The real test will come when I ask to have leaky meats
packages put in plastic so that they don't contaminate my bags. If they
insist on charging for them I'll protest on principle! :) Proper packing
should be their responsibility!
I absolutely love them. I've been using the large ones from Sobey's for
several years now. I have six of them that I keep in the trunk of the
car, and use them for everything under the sun. I've even hauled rocks
home for my garden in them. Most grocery stores are selling them for $1
The handle on one of the first ones I got let go, but it was replaced
free of charge. I've had some people tell me they are 'too heavy', but
that is only if you left the grocery clerk overload them
We are finally catching up with Europe in this regard.
"lucille" ( email@example.com) writes:
They can pay their 5 cents, and then they have a bag to use to dispose of
their waste. Or they can buy the bags that are designed to be used as
garbage bags. In this life we dont get something for nothing. Not all
the plastic bags used by supermarkets were recycled. So if it costs a
little more to dispose of garbage, this is a small price to pay for having
less plastic going into refill sites. Jim
The shop fills your bag for you? That's an occasional fund-raising
"special event" for a specific charity (which provides the labour to
fill your bag) at supermarkets over here; otherwise it's just cram it
all in as best as you can.
However, one of our local shops ceased to provide plastic bags and gave
each customer a canvas bag to use (only possible because we are a very
small island where each customer is known as an individual to the shop
For years i have sewn cloth bags from old skirts , I sewed cloth bags
from all kinds of cloth left over from sewing for Bazzaars. the last
year i give cloth bags in several sizes , For birthday presents .
Smaller ones with a cord [ for closing ] for smaller amounts of food ,
and bigger ones as carriers ,,,,,
If it's a convenience issue, plastic bags of the type used by most
stores can be bought at Staples or other paper good stores for fairly
cheap. I bought a box for a large yard sale at one point - it really
wasn't that much and it was nice to have the bags corralled in a box
after that (it's about the size of a single package of printer paper).
"Mavia Beaulieu" ( firstname.lastname@example.org) writes:
Mavia, I think you are Canadian. I buy milk by the 4 litres, and the
outer bags are wonderful as freezer bags. I can wash them, and reuse
them. Couldn't you use some of these to put yor meat in? jim.
And how will paying for the bags save landfill sites? Whether they are
free, or whether they are paid for, they will still wind up holding trash or
garbage and wind up as landfill.
Do you have a better way of disposing of trash and/or garbage? I'm willing
I don't know where people get the idea that plastic bags have been
free. The cost of the bags is factored into the cost of the
groceries, along with all the other overheads. To charge 5c, or
whatever, for bags is just another ripoff. If you want to use your
own bags, you should demand that the cost of the plastic bags be
subtracted from the cost of the cost of the groceries. Yes I know
that's not going to happen, but the supermarkets should be confronted
with this outrageous grab for extra profits.
I've carried a reusable bag in my car for ages and use it when I stop at a
farm stand, or go to the greenmarket, or shop in our local thrift shop,
mostly for my own convenience. I find they are either heavy and make the
parcels harder to schlep, or they are too light and don't hold up with
heavier groceries. Then there's the fact that having to toss them into the
washer wastes water, which here in Fl isn't a great idea because our water
is wildly expensive, and we're often in a drought and asked to conserve in
any way we can. They even went so far last year as asking us not to flush
This subject has been debated over and over and so far I haven't read
anything that convinced me either way.
My Publix Supermarket does keep a trash can designated for returned plastic
bags which makes me think they do recycle them.
"lucille" ( email@example.com) writes:
Easy to answer. There are lots of people who, when they get home, simply
through the plastic bags into the garbage. When these people find they
have to pay 5 cents each for the bags, they will cease to use them, and will
use canvas bags. This will save a lot of plastic simply being used once,
and then being thrown into the garbage.
It is interesting about the store paying you when you take in your own
bag. About 5 years ago, I was talking to the store manager, when the
store paid 3 cents per bag. The most they ever gave back in one month was
60 dollars; an almost significant amount. I think there is a difference
in getting back 3 cents if you take your own bag, and being charged 5
cents per bag if you dont. Jim.
You didn't answer my question. If you throw a plastic bag into the garbage
it will wind up as landfill. If I put the garbage into a specially packaged
plastic garbage bag, I will be throwing out a plastic garbage bag and
plastic grocery bags both of which will land up as landfill.
1. Where do you suggest garbage should be kept until it's picked up by our
2. What's the difference if garbage is tossed out in a new plastic bag that
was bought and paid for or it's tossed in recycled grocery bag as far as the
environment is concerned?
It's still in plastic and so far no one has given me a better
On Sat, 4 Apr 2009 13:18:36 -0700 (PDT), Johnno
I thought of that when Stupidstore said they would charge 5 cents per
plastic bag. Back in the 1980s another store here, Sobeys, were
giving a discount of 5 cents for NOT using plastic. That's when I
first amassed a quantity of fabric bags.