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Plastic Bags in Ossining

How do you feel about the use of plastic bags in Ossining/Croton?

How do you feel about plastic bags in Ossining? Would you like to see us follow the footsteps other towns and communities have taken and get rid of them in our business and streets?

When in Hawaii, I heard about how the bags blow into the oceans and turtles and other planet life wind up eating them and killing them, so it made me thing about how we use them in excess without even thinking....how when we food shop, get take-out....it seems everywhere you go their offered whether it's needed or not....buying a stick of gum - how about a double-bagged plastic bag for that?

What are your feelings Ossining? Will you comment below and/or go to Change.org and tell me?

http://www.change.org/petitions/town-and-village-of-ossining-ban-plastic-bags

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William Demarest (Editor) July 16, 2012 at 02:17 PM
I try to bring re-usable bags with me all the time when I go grocery shopping. When I go to a small shop, I try to avoid taking a plastic bag if I really don't need it to carry my purchase.
Joan McDaniel July 16, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I am in disagreement. I rearranged an article by American Thinker and added pic. This is the link to the website. I agree with the author. Why have bags at all we can just carry the loose stuff out in our hands. Spot the earth-friendly shopper http://coconutcreamcare.com/2012/06/26/spot-the-earth-friendly-shopper/
Gary Comitto July 16, 2012 at 02:33 PM
thanks William! can you sign and pass along? see link: http://www.change.org/petitions/town-and-village-of-ossining-ban-plastic-bags
Fee July 16, 2012 at 07:23 PM
I try to remember my own cloth bags... In Rye, where I work, they have banned plastic bags. I think it's a great idea.
Brian Fridkin July 17, 2012 at 06:09 PM
I also disagree with the ban. As an environmental studies major I have studied these types of things and have found that the best solution to this issue is to create a small tax on plastic bags to pay for the externalities (the cost of the plastic bag to the community, or environmental cost). By placing a tax, say 5 cents, on each bag, more people will be swayed to use reusable bags, but those who dont still have the option of using the plastic bags, with the 5 cents from each bag going to the governments clean up efforts.
Brian Fridkin July 17, 2012 at 06:09 PM
We also have to remember that many reusable bags will actually harm the environment MORE than using the "single" use plastic bags. Many of these bags are not made from sustainable resources. Also, many reusable bags are made an shipped from places like China, so you must factor in the environmental cost of transporting the bag to the consumer. Banning plastic bags will force uninformed consumers to purchase bags that are actually worse for the environment than the bags they would have gotten in the grocery store. Some consumers also reuse the "single use" plastic bags for garbage bags or for cleaning up their dogs messes. As for myself and my family, reusable bags are always kept in our cars for shopping. I think that if Ossining wants to create a ban on plastic bags, they also have to take the time to educate the community on alternatives that are better for the environment, and maybe even purchase large quantities of these bags and sell them to us.
Chris July 18, 2012 at 11:07 AM
How do Ifeel about plastic bags in Ossining? I like them!
Jim July 20, 2012 at 02:13 AM
You really like them? I think most people like the convenience of a plastic bag, however, if we get accustomed to reusable bags it would be much better for the environment. Some stores are charging 5 cents for a plastic bag,which is a small amount, but it's a good incentive to bring your own bags.
Joan McDaniel July 20, 2012 at 02:45 AM
I think the people who want to ban plastic bags are more concerned with a feel good solution. This will solve plastic bags in stores? What about all the other stuff in plastic, like your packaged meat, the dozen tomatoes you just bought, a bag of cherries. Now that nicely labeled reusable bag is completely germ free, bed bug free and will not spread any contamination. You will wash it before you come to the store right? If you want to ban something what about all the water in all those plastic bottles that are contaminating the water that is drunk but more than half the population. I just think there are other problems to get all excited about. Sorry this is my two cents. But I couldn't stand it any longer.
Jim July 20, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Reducing or eliminating the use of plastic bags won't solve the "plastic problem" but it's a start.

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