Crackdown on plastics adds injury to insult — Letters to the Editor, Jan. 11, 2019

Crackdown on plastics adds injury to insult

So, the new year is here, and with it the dreaded plastic bag ban in stores.

As a dog owner, this means I now have to buy rolls of plastic poo bags, put them in a paper bag I paid for (or buy a reusable bag that must be used hundreds if not thousands of times before reaching ecological break-even) and then recycle the otherwise useless paper bags while using the exact same amount of plastic as before.

We also used the store bags for small trash cans around the house; in all the years up until now, we had yet to throw away a store bag without some kind of re-use.

But the powers-that-be decided this maneuver will save the planet, and living in a civilized society means having to accept decisions that you don’t always agree on the rationale for.

However, there is one notable exception to the crackdown on plastic bags: The cannabis dispensaries.

These stores are required by law to put everything in bags whether the customer wants it or not, while grocery stores are prohibited from providing the bags the customers actually want.

Adding insult to injury, the dispensary bags must be child-proof, meaning they are much thicker, using more plastic than the banned store bags.

I would go on ranting about this inconsistency, but I have to wrap things up before my beverage has completely dissolved the paper straw.

—Matt Danielsson



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