Town Square

Post a New Topic

No biz opposition to plastic bag ban plan

Original post made on Aug 2, 2012

If businesses oppose the proposal to ban plastic bags in Mountain View, it's not been obvious or apparent.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 3, 2012, 12:00 AM

Comments (2)

Posted by FactChecker, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Of COURSE business does not oppose this - they get all the cost-savings of not having to pay for bags.

Clearly Palacio is advocating for a policy rather than being an honest broker. Her response about cross-contamination is pure politics, avoiding the question.

Reusable bags have MUCH higher bacteria counts than plastic bags. Does her EIR give actual quantitative measurements of bacteria levels found in bags of average consumers, and of how often the average person washes their re-usable bags? How many people have EVER gotten food poisoning from bacteria in a store-provided plastic bag, versus how many from a re-usable bag?

As to that supposed 3-5% recycle use of plastic bags - is that how many bags get turned into a recycling center, or how many get used (thus recycled) more than 1 time? I use my plastic bags for my trash-can liners. So they get used twice, then are disposed of properly. If stores no longer give out plastic bags, I will be buying liners to use - so ZERO net environmental savings.

There is very poor cost/benefit analysis here - it's all about feeling good, just like the lobbying for ethanol that now turns out to have horrible environmental/economic side-effects.

This should be handled at the state level, and it should be based on real data.


Posted by LovingMtnView, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 3, 2012 at 9:56 am

LovingMtnView is a registered user.

FactChecker -- There's also a study linking reusable shopping bags to alien abductions. I really think this issue is an X-file and should be handled at the federal level.

You can read more here:

Web Link


If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Veggie Grill coming soon to Mountain View's San Antonio Center
By Elena Kadvany | 24 comments | 3,585 views

Is HBO's Silicon Valley Any Good?
By Anita Felicelli | 23 comments | 2,371 views

Finding mentors in would-be bosses
By Jessica T | 0 comments | 2,041 views

The No Sweat Way to Bike to Work
By Janet Lafleur | 9 comments | 1,975 views

Analyze data yourself with R - a fast growing language for statistics, forecasting and graphs
By Angela Hey | 2 comments | 1,471 views