What Do You Think of the Proposed Five Cent Tax on Plastic Bags?

| 4/23/2009 11:25:05 AM

Yesterday, to coincide with Earth Day, representative Jim Moran (D-Va.) introduced the Plastic Bag Reduction Act of 2009, proposing a five cent tax for single-use bags — including grocery sacks, dry-cleaning bags, take-out food bags, retail bags and service station bags — to take effect January 1, 2010. The funds collected from the tax would be distributed four ways. Of the five cents, one cent would cover a tax credit for retailers implementing a qualified carryout (single-use) bag recycling program, one cent would go to the Land and Water Conservation Fund,  one cent would be dedicated to state and local trash reduction and watershed protection programs, and the remaining two cents would go toward reducing the national debt.

To find out more about the proposed bill, view a PDF of the Plastic Bag Reduction Act of 2009, read the National Plastic Bag Bill press release from Moran's page at the House of Representatives' website, or check out New bottle deposit, bag tax bills touted for combating pollution from the New York Times.

What do you think of the Plastic Bag Reduction Act — would you vote for a federal tax on non-reusable retail bags? 

6/6/2009 2:24:56 PM

Eco Friendly Bags - Recycled (RPET) If people would just buy a $2 recycled reusable bag maybe the government would chill out on the taxes. Stop being lazy and invest in something that's reusable. It'll stop the tax AND is good for the enviornment AND reduce the amount of plastic bags used. Use your head, don't sit here and whine about a tax do something about it... you know kinda like we use to do way back when. People can post comments all day and whine about what they like and don't like, but the people who are making a difference are the people that get up and DO. The recycled bags come in lots of colors and sizes and you can even customize them online! So don't use the excuse that they're ugly. They're sold just about everywhere. It's sad when an 18 year old can use her head better than her elders.

6/5/2009 1:19:52 AM

I vote a big NO! I actually reuse plastic bags--for taking out the trash, for scooping the cat boxes... Not all cities have a recycle program. Ours just went away in fact due to the economy. I've heard there are supposedly biodegradable bags for litter box refuse, but guess what, our stores don't have them! I have actually bought the reusable bags only to forget and leave them in the car of my trunk. And here's another thought--when I buy a new plant, or anything that gets the inside of the reusable bag filthy, I hardly want to put fresh groceries into that same bag later on. Clean it out? What? And then waste water? No, no more taxes! I am sick to death of taxes! Instead of getting rid of plastic bags, come up with a better solution for their use!

5/25/2009 10:54:16 AM

Just eliminate plastic bags. Offer only paper and charge 10 cents per paper bag (that will be incentive for people to reuse the bags).

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