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July 8, 2012

Ready for the Ban?

Great mock ad which made me realize that we only have about 3 weeks left until the Bellingham bag ban goes into effect.  The clip is foreign, so don’t expect any tasteful euphemisms, in fact it is certainly a bit on the dysphemistic side.

I’m not real sure how the whole bag ban thing is going to pan out, but probably not like the advertisement.  Really who is going to actually take their squid home in a cotton mesh bag?

As far as it affecting me?  I’m also not real excited about a bunch of paper bags lying around, so I’ll have to shake out my reusables and throw them in the car.   The Bellingham bag ban is actually fairly selective though,

  • Single-use plastic carry out bags are prohibited.  This includes all plastic bags less than 2.25 mils thick provided at check out or point of sale.
  • Customers must be charged 5 cents per large paper bag. Retailers keep the revenue from the 5-cent charge, which is taxable and must be shown on sales receipts.
  • Large paper bags requiring the 5-cent charge must be a minimum of 40 percent post-consumer recycled fiber and the fiber content must be marked on the outside.
  • Smaller paper bags may be provided with or without charge at the store’s discretion.
  • Thick plastic bags — 2.25 mil or greater — are deemed reusable and may be provided with or without charge at the store’s discretion


…so it wouldn’t surprise me to see stores start offering heavier gauge plastic bags as a backup, rather than going back to paper and dealing with the City imposed nickel fee/tax, as well as the rain soaked paper bags dumping their customer’s purchases halfway to their car.    Other city’s like San Francisco actually amended their bans and tied up this loophole.

WHEREAS, The intention of the Ordinance was to reduce the use of single-use plastic
bags by banning them at supermarkets and drugstores; and,

WHEREAS, The Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance allows stores to give away reusable
bags, which are defined as including any plastic bag at least 2.5 mil thick; and

WHEREAS, This definition has resulted in the unintended consequence of some stores
distribtlting 2.5 mil thick polyethylene plastic bags,

SF bag ban amendment

Perhaps everyone will go with reusable  perhaps we’ll see a switch back to paper, perhaps we will see all stores go to the heavy gauge “legal” plastic as the norm.   We shall see.  We shall see.  We shall see.

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