Golly. Santa Fe’s Public Utilities Committee has unanimously approved an ordinance to ban the use of plastic bags. The measure will require that stores charge “not less than 10 cents” for paper bags, a fee that will be waived for those on government assistance. City Hall’s staff estimates a cost of $9,000 to provide a reusable bag to each household. The City Council is likely to approve the measure, which has been in the works for a year. City Councilors have already begun to take their bows in statements to the press.
A reusable grocery bag is a very sensible idea. Still, plastic bags don’t seem to me to be that much of a problem as they often do second duty as doggie bags and garbage bags. Then, too, recycling bins for the offending bags are readily available outside your supermarket. If you have seen a particular episode of Portlandia, you might fret that forgetting one’s correct bag will be treated as if you had committed a crime. But that could never happen in Santa Fe, right?
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