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What do you think about making plastic-bags cost money?

I had this thought two weeks ago, and I strongly believe a law should be passed that requires that people will be charged for each plastic bag they use. Even further, the optimist hiding inside of me wishes that at least some of this money will go towards cleaning the environment. How practical is that? I heard someone already brought it up--- does anyone know about this? How can this be made legal in the US? and in other countries? What do you think of this idea?

Asked By: Mogli - 7/19/2009
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This idea is way beyond stupid... More
Answered By: triggerhippie67 - 7/19/2009
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I dont think they should cost money they should just not make them anymore and for that matter they should not make anything that can not be recycled....
Answered By: kam2_christa - 7/19/2009
 
yeah..yikes...not such a good idea...the food city that i go to has reusable shopping totes. i bought one and give it to the bag boy every time, but he still uses the plastic bags. i got it because i have TONS of plastic bags at my house. they only put 2 or 3 things in each bag... More
Answered By: jaz - 7/19/2009
 
You may think all those little freebies like bags are free but actually the stores tack on a little more for your product to cover the cost of them . They don't get them for free and im sure there not in the biz to give out things free . A deposit would work a hell of allot better like pop and beer cans and bottles do... More
Answered By: Dads boy - 7/19/2009
 
It's my understanding that putting a charge on plastic bags is to DISCOURAGE you from buying them and encourage you to invest in environmentally friendly, reusable bags that are available in most grocery stores for a couple bucks each. I think it's a great idea.
Answered By: disco - 7/19/2009
 
Actually, Ireland started charging a 33 cent tax on every plastic bag. Ireland does not use any plastic bags. It is NOT an abysmally bad idea. I think it's great. It makes people think about what they are doing. The way to make change is to make it cost... More
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Answered By: rmbrruffian - 7/19/2009
 
Plastic takes thousands of years to biodegrade and the environmental cost of producing them is not factored into the price of plastic, so it might just be a good idea to make people pay for plastic bags. Another scarce resource that needs to be conserved is water. It is a scarce resource and the more we conserve the... More
Answered By: BeWaterWise Rep - 7/20/2009
 
I disagree with the contributor who stated that this idea was 'way beyond stupid... More
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Answered By: motorfamily - 7/20/2009
 
I think it is a bad idea.It will cost everyone way too much.And besides some stores will lose business.I am tired of being forced to do what someone else thinks I should do,while I am the one paying for it.I use them for garbage(which is the law in my town ,it will not be picked up if not bagged)Is the plastic garbage... More
Answered By: peppersham - 7/20/2009
 
I strongly agree with you and this issue bothers me so much .Plastic bags should be charged extra or i wish they could be banished from states. They are a waste when people use them they just throw them away and never recycle them. There are ways to enforce this message hold meetings attend or inform your community the... More
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Answered By: Mariela B - 7/20/2009
 
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