Thursday, February 28, 2013

Idiocy on plastic bag ban in Austin, Texas

Tomorrow a ban a plastic bags--which are recyclable--starts in Austin, Texas. When shoppers show up at a store, they'll learn about the ban. Grocery stores are a terrific equalizer--almost everyone uses them. But just in case, Austin is wasting $850,000 on an ad campaign about the bag ban. Cash is not recyclable. Instead of plastic bags, Austin is touting a non-recyclable Chinese-made multiple use bag.

Plastic bags are not a threat. In California they represent a paltry 0.13 percent of its waste stream. According to the British Environmental Agency, a cloth bag has to be reused 131 to offset any global warming effect.

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