Council supports idea for 25 cent bag fee
Original post made on Jan 28, 2009
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on Jan 28, 2009 at 5:11 pm
I am not sure I understand the arbitrary nature of a $0.25 fee?
I think that on one hand, if we really wanted to recover clean up costs we would have a study for the cost needed based on estimated reduction and income. On the other hand If we wanted to simply ban them because they are bad for the environment we should just openly say it and ban them.
As I see the environmental aspect of it, there are so many pieces of single use packaging film littered or going to landfill beyond shopping bags we are being the ostrich with its head in the sand thinking this will address anything other than a tax revenue. For example there other products being over looked that fall in to the same litter and landfill category that are greater in volume: bags that contain potting soil or mulch; the wrappers around a case of soda or bottled water; that plastic they wrap around boxes that are shipped in trucks; and so many other things that we see on the road that I doubt we will really make much of a difference in plastic waste with any version of a shopping bag law.
Maybe we have just green washed ourselves in to thinking we will make a difference because we really just want to feel good more than make a just difference.
on Jan 28, 2009 at 9:30 pm
Mountain View can't even synchronize its traffic lights for maximum fuel efficiency. Even New York City can do that. This fee is just another load of bovine excrement raising money for overpaid bureaucratic personnel out of the pockets of people who actually work for a living and have to compete in the real world.
on Jan 28, 2009 at 10:02 pm
The City Council's job is to run the city. If at the end of the day, they have some extra time, they can go save the world. That's fine, but they have to get their job done first. Have they fixed the sidewalks on El Camino? Have all the street lights work? Have enough police to deal with the rising murder rate?
No, no, and no, but the City Council is protecting the environment by raising taxes. Isn't that lovely.