21 November 2004
Paper or plastic?
It may not matter in San Francisco, where the city is contemplating charging grocers 17 cents per plastic bag in an effort to discourage their use, inasmuch as they're not recyclable or anything, and will charge just as much for paper bags which are recyclable, to avoid the accumulation of waste and, I suspect, to avoid being charged with discrimination.
The director of Californians Against Waste uttered the following:
One thing we've learned is that sending a financial signal to the marketplace tends to modify behavior much better than voluntary approaches.
Which is interesting, because it's an indication that the minions of the Nanny State no longer find it necessary to jump through high-minded rhetorical hoops in an effort to justify their latest schemes: they're in this to modify behavior, dammit.
And as always with such things, the marketplace does a far better job on its own.
(Update, 3 pm: Fritz Schranck suggests a solution.)Posted at 9:55 AM to Dyssynergy