See Why We Pay For Bags Or Bring Our Own

Alameda County's new ban on single use plastic bags has been in effect for a week. Have you had to pay for a bag? This picture shows why.


If you've shopped in Alameda County since the first of the year, you know that stores no longer provide plastic bags thanks to a new law meant to curb litter.

Why was the plastic bag ban put into effect?

Well, there's a saying: one picture is worth a thousand words.

What you see here is that thousand-word explanation captured in a picture of a fence at the Waste Management landfill at Altamont Road in Livermore.

The fence is meant to keep plastic bags from blowing from the landfill toward homes in Tracy and other communities to the east.

"That employee in the lower right corner needs to get those bags off the fences before the wind changes," says Rebecca Jewell, a recycling coordinator with Waste Management who took the photo.

Good luck!

Have you had to pay for a bag? How are you getting your purchases home? What do you think of the ban? Sound off in the comments below.

Zinn March 23, 2013 at 02:30 AM
Jennifer, I forget almost every time I go to the store. I leave them in the car. Your cost theory doesn't hold water as the paper bags were free prior to the plastic ban..
Albert Rubio March 23, 2013 at 05:23 PM
How do we overturn it? I'm with you, but it's very difficult. One could use the special interest approach. It might work in narrow instances. The broader approach is to affect public opinion and this is done by ideas. Most people are not prepared to fight for ideas which requires, critical thought, logic and rhetoric (good persuasive writing and speaking) Anyone interested in that is invited to be my friend. The individual is in a bad place in this struggle. The study of Economics and formal logic would be the best place to start. I am only one person so I can only recommend books and self education/improvement.
Zinn March 23, 2013 at 05:29 PM
I don't think there is anyway possible of overturning it. I think most people are in favor of banning plastic bags. Frankly the less plastic in our lives the better.. Perhaps replacing with biodegradable bags would be possible. I have no problem bringing my own bags. My problem is I constantly forget them in the car..
x March 23, 2013 at 11:36 PM
The fact is, no one (stores) has to supply you with a bag for free. That was just a luxury we have all grown accustomed to since, well ... a very long time. There wasn't a law saying bags had to be given for free in the first place. Even if you "get on the phone", any/all stores can still charge you for a bag ... period ... even if we were to go back to plastic. Heck, they could have just kept the plastic and charged $100.00 per bag, we would have gladly taken the $0.10 paper bag then.
Albert Rubio March 25, 2013 at 12:53 AM
True nathan but this is not the point. Before the ban, plastic bags were VOLUNTARILY given by stores. Now they are PROHIBITED from voluntarily giving them. What you are doing is imagining a worse state of affairs to make the current one look not so bad. Why not imagine the previous better state of affairs that makes the current one look undesirable. The real problem is that we have not realized that opinions however right or wrong should not be forced on other people. This is a misuse of government.


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