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on Mar 9, 2013
FLOATING AWAY ... It began at local supermarkets. Now, Palo Alto's war against the plastic bag is set to spread to every other food and retail business in the city. At its Monday meeting, the City Council is scheduled to take its most dramatic step against the floating creek-polluter when it certifies an environmental analysis and passes a new ordinance banning the bag from delis, restaurants, catering trucks and all other food-serving establishments. In doing so, Palo Alto will be following the lead of dozens of other California communities, including San Francisco and Santa Cruz County. According to a new city report, 65 cities and counties in the state have adopted some sort of plastic-bag ban since 2009, the year Palo Alto passed its ordinance prohibiting plastic bags in supermarkets. Another 24 cities along the Peninsula are considering such bans this year. Under Palo Alto's new proposal, stores will be prohibited from providing single-use plastic checkout bags (as opposed to those plastic "produce bags" that are used for fruit and vegetables, which would still be kosher). They would also be required to charge at least 10 cents for a recyclable paper bag or a reusable checkout bag. The fee would move up to 25 cents a year after the ban takes effect. Palo Alto's latest efforts to ban the bag will likely invite further opposition from the industry, which filed a lawsuit against the city after the 2009 supermarket ban. As part of the settlement, the city agreed to conduct a full environmental-impact report before it makes further bans. The council is scheduled to review and approve this report Monday evening. The city has been having a hard time getting its famously green residents to switch to reusable bags (the percentage of people using such bags went up from 9 percent to 25 percent shortly after it was instituted but has remained largely flat since). Still, there are some hopeful signs. According to the new report, a 2012 survey showed that about one third of Palo Alto's food establishments already use paper exclusively, with many more using a combination of paper and plastic.
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Posted by Not an issue,
a resident of Community Center
on Mar 9, 2013 at 12:12 am
The plastic bag story in another example of the shoddy, one-sided and unbalanced writing that has become the norm on the pages of the weekly. The weekly parrots the claims of the " environmentalists" by stating that plastic bags are creek polluters-- even though there has not been a study showing how many bags were in our creeks and if the ban on platic grocery bags has decreased the number found in creeks. Yet the weekly prints what the environmental lobby feeds them!
Then they claim that the bags are single use, when it is clear that most people reuse these bags for other purposes-- once again regurgitating the pap that the environmental lobby tells them to print.
By now we should take whatever we read in the weekly with a grain of salt, taking into account the people behind the story and whetherbtheynhave a business relationship with the weekly.
I see plenty of copies of the weekly littering the street--- maybe we should ban the weekly for the sake of our environment.
Posted by Resident,
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 9, 2013 at 8:49 am
This is taking nonsense too far.
If I buy my lunch at a deli and get a plastic bag which doesn't leak I keep my lunch in it and can use it as a trash bag afterwards. A paper bag would leak, disintegrate and tear too easily. It may not last until a trash can could be found so trash may be left wherever I eat it. My car, my clothes and probably my backpack would get filthy from what the paper bag leaks.
If I buy most loaves of bread, they are double wrapped. Why? Bread does not leak. Ban double wrapped bread.