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Bill in N.J. Senate would force
stores to charge 15 cents for each
plastic or paper bag distributed

Associated Press, by Staff

Original Article

Posted By:Ribicon, 12/17/2012 10:43:55 AM

Trenton — Legislation encouraging customers in New Jersey to carry reusable shopping bags and forcing larger retailers to slash distribution of plastic bags gets its first hearing today. The Senate bill requires retailers to charge 15 cents for each single-use plastic or paper bag they give out. It also requires retailers with more than 1,000 feet of space to reduce the number of single-use bags they distribute by 75 percent. The proposal requires retailers to sell reusable bags and switch to compostable plastic or recyclable paper bags. Supporters say the production of plastic and paper bags in the U.S.

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Why not prohibit purchase of more than an armload of groceries to encourage walking to and from the store? So green.

Many stores have recycling bins for plastic bags; not a solution? Also, many people use plastic grocery bags as garbage bags. Ban grocery bags and we´ll have to buy plastic bags; no net savings to consumer, some cost savings for stores, boost of business to Hefty et al.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 12/17/2012 10:49:52 AM     (No. 9070729)

dog walkers to picket in protest, without plastic bags. watch your step...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Mazeman, 12/17/2012 10:54:10 AM     (No. 9070743)

So where will this money go?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: JimS, 12/17/2012 10:58:17 AM     (No. 9070749)

15¢/bag isn´t enough of a penalty for those defilers of Mather Gaia.
Off with their heads! Capital punishment for plastic bag users.

Junk science, green agenda, and liberalism strike again.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Bevan, 12/17/2012 10:58:53 AM     (No. 9070751)

In Kalifornia, several of these self bag stores are getting salmonella and ecoli problems from unsanitary bags being reused again and again.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mitzi, 12/17/2012 11:05:21 AM     (No. 9070768)

So what happens if I want to buy a pound of grapes? I have to pay an extra 15 cents for a bag thereby increasing my grocery costs?

Or, do I just put them in the shopping cart? They´ll fall through the openings in the wire frame.

Not a good move considering the state of the economy, the unemployment rate, and the price of groceries!

Will food stamps cover this item?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 12/17/2012 11:06:22 AM     (No. 9070771)

More nanny government. The 15-cent charge is nothing more than another tax.

My solution is to go online and order a stock of plastic bags just like the ones given out in the grocery stores and keep them in the trunk of my car.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jackson, 12/17/2012 11:06:58 AM     (No. 9070778)

George the Third would never dream he had the right to tell businesses to charge for bags. We have no freedom. Our government sees no limit to their authority. Just sayin´.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: The Maggster, 12/17/2012 11:09:47 AM     (No. 9070789)

Sick...

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Reply 9 - Posted by: 901AtTheRiver, 12/17/2012 11:19:57 AM     (No. 9070813)

The more ways they can charge you the more they can charge you.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: grommit, 12/17/2012 11:21:22 AM     (No. 9070816)

But will they charge you if you bring your used plastic/paper bag in and use it for your purchase?

If not, open up a stand outside the store selling used bags for 10 cents.

BTW,reusable canvas bags contain more germs
http://www.webpronews.com/reusable-grocery-bags-are-filthy-garbage-2012-05


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Reply 11 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 12/17/2012 11:31:52 AM     (No. 9070841)

$0.15 per bag? Why not $5.00? $20.00?

Regardless of the cost, it gets passed straight through to the customer.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ZurichMike, 12/17/2012 11:34:14 AM     (No. 9070850)

That´s been the way we´ve done in here for years. The paper bags are very sturdy, have handles, and can be reused over and over again. Yes, people bring their own bags to the store -- it´s allowed.

And we have a collapsible pull-box that we set into the shopping cart. We can get a little hand-held scanner and scan our groceries as we go, head for the "fast" lane, and just pay what´s on the scanner. There is a 1 in 10 chance that you will be asked to rescan everything in the presence of the cashier, but let´s face it -- the Swiss are by and large very honest. It works, and save a lot of time putting things on belt, having them scanned by a cashier, and then you have put them back into a bag or carrier.

Or get your own canvas tote bags, which are also washable and can be used for other purposes.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: californiadude, 12/17/2012 11:38:11 AM     (No. 9070859)

Ya gotta bring your own bag in Los Angeles County when you shop for groceries, or they will charge you $.10 a bag. We are trying to save the environment out here.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: chief568, 12/17/2012 1:20:01 PM     (No. 9071035)

To ALL enterprising souls in NJ:

Come up with a cheap paper BOX. NOT a bag so no tax!

And when they make a law outlawing paper boxes...come up with a NEW shape... or something!

THEY want to play with the law? Play it RIGHT BACK AT THEM!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 12/18/2012 12:42:15 AM     (No. 9071955)

I would think NJ would have more on their minds that plastic bags right now.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: mominNoCA, 12/18/2012 12:52:33 AM     (No. 9071960)

The county in CA where some of my family live has banned plastic bags outright and charges five cents (I believe) for paper bags. They´re saving the environment by killing trees for paper and spreading food-borne illnesses in reusable bags that hold germs.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Trigger2, 12/18/2012 3:02:06 AM     (No. 9072014)

Geez, what´s next? Installing a coin operated machine on your toilet?

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