The movement to ban plastic carryout bags is growing as more and more California communities enact single-use bag ordinances. These ordinances are very similar to one another and go beyond banning plastic carryout bags to implementing a very specific solution. This solution attempts to change the shopping paradigm where shoppers supply their own reusable bags rather than receive store supplied disposable bags to carry their purchases. To ensure that consumer behavior is changed, retailers are required by the local ordinance to charge a minimum fee for each paper bag issued.
By implementing a specific solution, mandated by the government, innovation is stifled and businesses are no longer free to pursue alternative solutions that are in their best interests. Government officials and their staffs simply do not have the expertise and time to investigate alternative solutions to solve the underlying problem or have the motivation to improve retailer customer service, therefore the government mandated solution locks an inadequate and antiquated solution into place. Furthermore, freedom of choice on both the part of retailers and consumers is unnecessarily sacrificed, restricted, and infringed.
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- Citizens of Homer, Alaska Overturn Plastic Bag Ban (fighttheplasticbagban.com)
- Bag Bans: A Failure – Not Success As Claimed (fighttheplasticbagban.com)
- San Diego passes plastic bags ban ordinance (shinebrighterblog.com)
- Another View: Statewide plastic bag ban is good for business and the environment (sacbee.com)
- Cupertino bans plastic bags (jadywei.wordpress.com)