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Danville council declares intent to ban plastic bags

Original post made on Aug 14, 2014

Danville could be on its way to banning single-use carryout plastic bags after the Town Council approved a resolution of intent to restrict distribution of such bags Tuesday.

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Posted by Tom
a resident of Danville
on Aug 14, 2014 at 8:53 am

The council members are idiots and way too progressive. We use plastic bags at home every day. I bring my lunch to work in a plastic bag.
Overregulation is killing this country and now it lives in Danville.

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Posted by Peter Kluget
a resident of Danville
on Aug 14, 2014 at 9:04 am

Yes, Tom. God forbid that global environmental degradation or increased costs to everyone in the community caused by plastic bags not playing nice with garbage collection and recycling trucks should be considered to be more important than your personal convenience.

Anything not to Tom's liking = "overregulation." Got it.

P.S. If you really, really want plastic bags, you can go buy them.

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Posted by JT
a resident of Danville
on Aug 14, 2014 at 9:13 am

Over regulation? greed and laziness are are the reasons this country is being killed. How hard is it to bring your own bag... I know the answer, since I forget often enough where I get frustrated in having to spend a little more time walking back to my car. So easy to blame politicians and over regulation. We need to blame ourselves for being so stupidly set in our ways as to not be able to learn to bring a bag. And the crap with retailers not having to charge 10-cents, oh please. If we can't afford ten cents then we can learn how to bring our own bag.

For the "over regulators killing this country," I wish we could selectively pollute the air, water and food in each of your houses, so that the effect of regulation would not accrue to you. It would certainly be an experiment in the benefits of regulation as well as the toxicity of no regulation. Doubt this... go to China and just simply breath the air... You could also stop driving your cars without seatbelts... the list goes on and on. Just don't expect industry to do this on its own.

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Posted by Duffy
a resident of Danville
on Aug 14, 2014 at 9:17 am

Seems to me it was not too long ago that we were encouraged to use plastic bags in order to save the trees. Rather than a prohibition why not be truly "progressive" and encourage biodegradable plastic bags. That way we save the trees, garbage trucks, landfill liter and maybe even get around to saving people! Next it will be a ban on styrofoam
and we will be carrying home our "doggy bags" from the restaurants in our pockets.

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Posted by Bob Oxenburgh
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 14, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Some good comments. Apart from calling the council members idiots, Tom. :>)

BUT, banning those thin supermarket plastic bags WITHOUT charging a fee for use of paper bags is ABSURD. Paper bags have a much larger environmental footprint than the plastic ones. Behavior rarely changes without an economic incentive. Now, more paper bags will be utilized. Admittedly these bags are a small % of the waste and litter streams, but they are the ugly aspect of waste and litter as they are unnecessary. Reusable bags are a signal to our children and grandchildren that we care about the planet we are borrowing from them, and the resources we are stealing from them. Danville and its bucolic environment should be a leader, not a laggard. (Oh, and biodegradable bags do not degrade in an anaerobic landfill, and they may end up in the plastic recycle stream in error).

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Posted by Xin Han
a resident of Blackhawk
on Aug 14, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Thank you! Please convert the intent to a actual ban ASAP.

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Posted by BobM
a resident of Danville
on Aug 14, 2014 at 8:56 pm

OK Ban the bags, but don't let the merchants charge me $ every time I need a paper bag.
That seems to be the sequence in this "Band the plastic bag pitch".

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Posted by What happens in Danville does NOT stay in Danville
a resident of another community
on Aug 15, 2014 at 7:04 am

Plastic pollution is a GLOBAL crises and can be signifcantly reduced by local action, which 100+ communities statewide have taken. The Danville ordinance as it is progressing is actually counter-productive as no bag fee will do only switch us to a new product/problem - thicker plastic bags and paper bags, and for some reason the council wants to wait two years to implement it. If you like clean air, clean water, children or animals, please rethink your plastic consumption.

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Posted by Douglas
a resident of Blackhawk
on Aug 15, 2014 at 10:42 am

Enough with this environmental crap! Until you get countries like China to do their share I don't want to hear about anymore. Just have a free bag for me to put my purchases in as I have just spent money in your store!

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Posted by Peter Kluget
a resident of Danville
on Aug 15, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Yes, Douglas, it IS all about you. And the fact that somebody, somewhere is doing something bad absolutely is a completely reasonable excuse for you not to lift a finger to avoid doing something bad yourself. It makes you entitled to be selfish and literally throw your waste in everyone else's face.

Screw the fish! Screw your kids' generation! What have they ever done for Douglas?

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Posted by Dee Penns
a resident of Blackhawk
on Aug 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Just be glad, Douglas, that you can still use your disposable diapers.

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 16, 2014 at 10:09 am

Douglas is correct. Does pelosi gore Barry feinstein schlep their stuff? Nooooo they fly on private jets!! Biggest environmental wacko was hitler.

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Posted by Dee Penns
a resident of Blackhawk
on Aug 16, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Wow, Chris -- what a cogent argument, beautifully stated. Shouldn't you put your full name on it, the better to bask in the adulation of the multitude?

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Posted by Tony B.
a resident of Danville
on Aug 22, 2014 at 8:18 am

It would seem Douglas is perpetuating the selfish 'me-me- me' mentality that permeates the Blackhawk persona! Stay inside the confines of your gated 'I want it now world!'

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