The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

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.

(Via Fark)

(Update, 3 pm: Fritz Schranck suggests a solution.)

Posted at 9:55 AM to Dyssynergy

Because San Francisco is not expensive enough already.

Also -- Not recyclable? Hmm. Most people I know keep a bag of them for personal use. As the article points out, if I don't get them at the store, I'll have to buy some.

In our house, all hazardous waste (read: dirty diapers) go in one of these.

If something is useful, it will get reused.

Posted by: Dan at 1:12 PM on 21 November 2004

We use our plastic grocery bags to tote sorted glass and plastic to the recycling center. Of course I have to empty the recyclable plastic from the bags before I deposit them because the grocery bags will contaminate the "worthy" plastic. :(

Posted by: MikeH at 2:54 PM on 21 November 2004

Dear Chaz: Thanks for the link!
I've returned the favor as an update to the post.

Posted by: Fritz Schranck at 5:19 PM on 21 November 2004