Tax on Plastic Bags
Who knew the lightweight disposable sacks, which millions of shoppers use every day to lug home groceries and take-out, could help states bring in much needed revenue.
At least, that’s what some policymakers have proposed. Only one US city – Washington, D.C. – has successful instituted a plastic bag tax, but at least 13 other states are considering one.
What is your veiw of this new form of tax?
Plastic is one of the greatest inventions of all time, yet here it is in the year 2010 demonized. It feels like society is simply regressing in the form of knee-jerk reaction after knee-jerk reaction.
Here in Toronto, we've had a plastic bag tax for about a year.
Before the tax, I used them to bring home my groceries and subsequently to line my waste baskets and dispose of cat litter before putting them in larger plastic bags to be hauled off to Michigan.
After the tax, I use them to bring home my groceries and subsequently to line my waste baskets and dispose of cat litter before putting them in larger plastic bags to be hauled off to Michigan.
What's changed other than the fact the grocery store gets 60 or so cents more out of my pocket a week?
And people who want to feel good about saving the planet by bringing their own bags, just end up buying Glad kitchen bags to replace the grocery bags they would have used.
I have to admit I haven't bothered to search for the answer, but why can't they simply be recycled like almost everything else made of plastic?