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Posted By: Imright, 2/29/2020 2:40:16 PM

New York will ban single-use plastic bags in stores starting March 1.The state’s ban, which was passed last year by the state legislature, will impact both grocery and department stores. New York is the third state to introduce a plastic bag ban, joining California and Oregon, as a way to curb the amount of plastic going to landfills.Instead of receiving a plastic bag at the checkout counter, customers will have to provide their own reusable bags or take a paper bag from the store with a five-cent tax. Customers using food stamps will be exempt from the bag tax.“If you have a small purchase,

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Reply 1 - Posted by: JL80863 2/29/2020 2:47:08 PM (No. 333044)
Note that they always have a tax. Mess with people and tax them at the same time. it's a liberal government twofer.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: coobr03 2/29/2020 3:01:16 PM (No. 333052)
Cook County, Illinois attempted to implement a sugary drink tax, but like Washington, exempted food stamp recipients from paying it...
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Videodrone 2/29/2020 3:07:59 PM (No. 333056)
In CA aside from the bags, they have been charging a "CRV" tax that you are supposed to get back if you take the empties back - except the redemption centers have closed.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: tom7 2/29/2020 3:12:26 PM (No. 333058)
Petty tyrants can't seem to help themselves - they compulsively punish the electorate that elevated themselves.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: kono 2/29/2020 3:12:53 PM (No. 333060)
I'm out of wastebasket liners and live in CA, so I need to go to a wholesale supplier to buy a big box of them, rather than order takeout dinner and reuse the bags that would be used to serve me that. As with virtually every other 'environmentally friendly' solution the Libs come up with, this is likely to wind up making the problem worse that they claim it will solve, we will wind up paying more to watch the failure, and lawmakers will create the illusion that they are doing their job.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: brother ram 2/29/2020 3:29:15 PM (No. 333067)
Genius - they did this in the small city in Colorado that I live in (Californians have destroyed this state). So I have to purchase plastic bags for trash can liners etc. and extra bags to pick up after my dog. Then the lines at the checkout are longer and slower because of all the "containers" people bring in to "bag" their groceries - takes forever. It stupidity beyond belief.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab 2/29/2020 3:32:09 PM (No. 333069)
Will somebody please: Remind me to not go to New York to do any shopping.... ....Or to go on welfare before I do.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: enemyofthestate 2/29/2020 3:35:11 PM (No. 333071)
Go on Amazon and you can purchase a box of 1000 of them. I think cost was around $20. I keep the box and bags in the back of my car. The bonus of course is thwarting do-gooder, busybody, nanny libs.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Lucky5 2/29/2020 3:37:38 PM (No. 333072)
This is one of those things you do adjust to eventually. Cali has banned the bags where I live about 6 years ago, before the whole state was forced to comply. I bought a set of nice fabric bags that fold down into nothing and I quite enjoy shopping with them. We still have brown bags at many places.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: BeatleJeff 2/29/2020 4:39:55 PM (No. 333098)
Reusable bags are susceptible to salmonella and e-coli. I'll stick with my plastic bags, thanks you very much.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: msjena 2/29/2020 5:20:32 PM (No. 333114)
Cook County would have taxed even food stamp recipients if it could have, but was prohibited by federal law.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Bur Oak 2/29/2020 6:10:27 PM (No. 333129)
It's not about plastic. It is about raising tax revenues for the politicians to spend.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: RuckusTom 2/29/2020 6:16:13 PM (No. 333136)
Hmmm. Let's see. A $500 fine for using a plastic bag vs. out free with no bail for robbing a bank. Yeah, that sounds like a democrat plan.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: DVC 2/29/2020 6:31:15 PM (No. 333148)
Crazy places, filled with crazy people.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 2/29/2020 6:32:43 PM (No. 333149)
Agree that the main driving force behind this is to generate tax revenue. There are no boundaries to political stupidity. These fools can go ahead and pat themselves on the back for 'saving the planet'. Just remember, a pat on the back is only a couple feet up from a kick in the rear. Somebody tell me...what am I suppose to use when I take my dog out for a walk and it takes a dump? These people are fools. Once again...THIS IS NOT GOVERNING.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX 2/29/2020 7:07:50 PM (No. 333184)
Well, I guess they're jealous of Los Angeles homeless crapping in the streets, and want to bring it to the Big Apple.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: privateer 2/29/2020 7:28:23 PM (No. 333201)
Why stop there? How about no aluminum cans or plastic bottles for beverages? Only returnables with a hefty deposit, say fifty cents each. And you can't buy a newspaper unless you bring your old one back.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Salt5792 2/29/2020 7:43:03 PM (No. 333206)
They also banned fracking. NYS is becoming de-populated.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: NYbob 2/29/2020 7:52:01 PM (No. 333211)
Wegmans tried to show the facts on this issue to rat lawmakers. It now takes 3 trailer truck loads of paper bags to each store vs the one truck of plastic. Each Wegmans store has huge bins to accept clean plastic bags that are upcycled into benches, etc. The energy to produce plastic bags from Natural gas is much less than used to make paper bags and doesn't use water or create polluted waste water. The 'reusable' bags, often made from plastic are a bacteria nursery and the cotton bags take thousands of uses before they equal the environmental cost to make them vs plastic. Also the organic cotton bags need to be used over 20,000 times to equal the environmental impact of one time plastic. It's the water and labor. A society of stupid children and idiot kings. They make things worse for everyone because a small percentage of slobs can't figure out how to stuff old plastic bags into a bin when they shop.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Jennie C. 2/29/2020 8:12:29 PM (No. 333220)
Meanwhile, the groceries you carry home in recyclable plastic bags are wrapped in plastic and sitting on styrofoam trays. Virtually all food, except meat from the butcher (wrapped in paper) comes in some form of plastic container. But you can't carry it home in a plastic bag, no no no. I really hate when people let them fly around a neighborhood, but that's idiotic people, not the bag itself. We either reuse (trash bag liners, kitty litter containers) all of our grocery (and newspaper!) bags or else we recycle them at the grocery store. Assuming the grocery store is honest about sending them to a recycling plant, and doesn't just throw them in their own trash, they go and build boardwalks and people's decks and things.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: JediJerry 2/29/2020 9:26:55 PM (No. 333234)
They did this in CA. Now they have heavy-duty plastic bags you can buy for ten cents each. They are actually pretty nice and I keep 4 to 5 in my trunk and take them to the grocery store when I go shopping. No big deal, you just don't get the thin flimsy ones for free anymore. It's all about the grocery retailers and plastic bag lobby cashing in on the "ban" and edging paper bags out of the market.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: judy 2/29/2020 9:31:16 PM (No. 333236)
Will they ban The plastic in needles?
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Reply 23 - Posted by: MickTurn 2/29/2020 10:00:42 PM (No. 333249)
No Problem, Put the Plastic bags over the head of a politician, tie the hand loops into a knot on the neck extremely tight...let's see who 'passes out' first or who 'chokes' first! What we really need is for ALL Politicians to pay a personal $5 Million Tax every time they raise taxes on others.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: padiva 2/29/2020 11:14:57 PM (No. 333275)
25 years ago, I worked at an Aldi store. The customers had to buy bags or bring their own. The food stamp queens would always 'forget' to bring bags. (like they forgot that they were doing a big food haul) Many of the non-food stamp people would bring bags so they could save a little bit of money. Now for a humorous story.... A young man (English was not his primary language) bought 40 paper bags for $2. I asked him why he needed so many bags. He said he was moving.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: Penney 2/29/2020 11:30:10 PM (No. 333280)
Lots of items in stores, including groceries, are wrapped or sealed in plastic yet the radicals don't want such purchases put into plastic bags to carry home?
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Reply 26 - Posted by: whyyeseyec 2/29/2020 11:39:36 PM (No. 333283)
Anything to make someone's life as miserable as possible...
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Reply 27 - Posted by: Historybuff 2/29/2020 11:39:55 PM (No. 333284)
Remember when we were told that they were cutting down the rain forest to make paper bags and we would save the trees by using plastic? Yeah I’m that old
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Reply 28 - Posted by: whyyeseyec 2/29/2020 11:43:53 PM (No. 333290)
CA has banned plastic bags and straws for environmental (it's for the children) purposes but they have no problem letting human garbage and used syringes litter the streets.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 3/1/2020 12:24:40 AM (No. 333304)
So, where do they put dirty kitty litter in NYC ? Personally, I don't like germ filled cloth bags, and being a capitalist, I don't want the plastic guy to go out of business.
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Reply 30 - Posted by: Trigger2 3/1/2020 1:10:24 AM (No. 333319)
Naturally the leeches who refuse to work are exempt from the pesky tax.
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Reply 31 - Posted by: Trigger2 3/1/2020 1:13:09 AM (No. 333320)
Shop Amazon using Prime to thwart Cuomo's commie policies.
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Reply 32 - Posted by: ladydawgfan 3/1/2020 1:33:43 AM (No. 333329)
I like to use reusable bags simply because they hold more and are easier to carry into my home. However, if I am purchasing meat, I have the checker put it in a plastic bag before placing it in the reusable bag in order to keep it and my other groceries clean and blood-free. We also use the plastic bags for cat litter, to line small wastebaskets and when someone is sick in the household, to keep on the bed for germy tissues and assorted nasties. My sister in Vermont used to tie the plastic bags over her side view mirrors in the winter to keep them ice and snow free. There are a multitude of household uses for them if you get creative.
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Reply 33 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 3/1/2020 4:55:59 AM (No. 333347)
What if a hit man uses one to off a mark and gets caught? The chair instead of 10 years?
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Reply 34 - Posted by: Historybuff 3/1/2020 8:06:33 AM (No. 333413)
Pssst. Pass the word - that's how the coronavirus spread - reusable bags.
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Reply 35 - Posted by: jacksin5 3/1/2020 10:31:20 AM (No. 333567)
Paper bad, plastic good. Plastic bad, paper good. This has more to do with the 5 cent tax that anything else. Trex, one of the leading manufacturers of outside decking is made out of recycled shopping bags. We use them as trash cans liners, and the wife crochets them into larger bags for bringing home wet bathing suits from the beach, or ironically,to bring home groceries from Aldi's. They are in great demand from her friends and relatives.
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