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Danville council to talk plastic bag ban

Original post made on Aug 12, 2014

Danville may join neighboring Tri-Valley communities in banning retailers and restaurants from providing single-use plastic bags to customers. The town council is set to consider its options Tuesday night.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 11, 2014, 5:28 PM

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Posted by Ralph Kramden
a resident of Danville
on Aug 12, 2014 at 7:11 am

That our Town Council has made a priority of banning plastic bags is further proof that we live in "the bubble." I guess we should be thankful that plastic bags are the worst of our problems...

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Posted by Danville Hartz
a resident of Danville
on Aug 12, 2014 at 7:38 am

The plastic bag ban is Robert Storer's signature objective for his time as mayor. Ralph, you are so right! Is it to divert attention from the General Plan they crafted in such a way as to get around laws and the wishes of voters? Is this why their meeting on this subject is 'closed'?

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Posted by Xin Han
a resident of Blackhawk
on Aug 12, 2014 at 11:27 am

Just do it already .. such a waste of time with all these meetings. Ban it and move on!

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Posted by Treetopper
a resident of Danville
on Aug 12, 2014 at 1:58 pm

I don’t think SB270 goes far enough. There have been several legislative attempts to limit the use of plastic bags. Each previous attempt by the State has been shot down due to “special interests”. SB270 is such a watered down piece of junk that it is not worth the effort. I think the Town of Danville should have a ban on plastic bags that is all encompassing. That way, even if SB270 is not passed, Danville will still have the power to limit the use of plastic bags.

Yeah, Ralph, we’ve got bigger problems. Think plastic. Think of all the plastic that is floating in the Pacific Ocean. Think of all that plastic that is getting in the food chain that is poisoning our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, etc. If you think we have problems, they are nothing compared to the hell future generations will have to face because of PLASTIC.

Yeah, Danville Hartz, I don’t like closed meetings either. If Robert Storer is looking for this to be his legacy of office, good for him.

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Posted by Danville Resident
a resident of Danville
on Aug 12, 2014 at 3:31 pm

After attending one of the "big" meetings, it was clear that this ban is nothing but a political fluff, to gain favor with a certain sector of electorate..... voting group. It has nothing to do with pollution, since the bags they are trying to ban aren't single use bags. The TRUE single use bags will continue to be used, and nothing is planed for them, according to the information at the "big" meeting.

The rhetoric of the Leaders of our community, after very compelling information was put forth at this meeting, made it clear to me that they weren't listening to any real evidence, but rather "feel good" information. Yes, our nation is being "transformed"......

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Posted by sue
a resident of Danville
on Aug 12, 2014 at 4:45 pm

The Council should be spending their time on something more important than plastic bags. What a waste of time. Safeway et. al. will already recycle plastic bags. You can't force people to be responsible, so let's force the businesses? Get a grip & move on - focus on topics that the citizens of this town care about. On a list of 1-10, where is "plastic bags?" 'Nuff said.

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Posted by Bob Oxenburgh
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 12, 2014 at 10:35 pm

A curious decision to ban plastic bags BUT not have a fee charged for paper bags. Almost defeats the purpose. Plastic bag production and waste is bad of course. Very few plastic bags are recycled in the US. Yes, you and I recycle all our plastic bags, but we are clearly the exception. (Irony intended).

Now to the point: paper bag waste is an even worse use of the world's scare resources. Paper v. Plastic:
1. 40% less energy is required to produce plastic bags compared to paper bags (National Resource Defense Council).
2. Plastic bag production uses less than 4% of the water used to make paper bags, and generates 1/5th the greenhouse gas emissions (NRDC).
3. Plastic bags save on fuel costs. It takes 7 trucks to transport the same number of paper bags as a single truck of plastic bags.

So do we rely on a voluntary change in behavior (not happening) or provide a financial incentive by charging the real cost of a paper bag at checkout?

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Posted by Bob Oxenburgh
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 12, 2014 at 11:00 pm

And in case you have already formed the opinion that I am a curmudgeon in favor of limiting personal choice, here's proof: I'd also ban the single use water bottle. :>) Read this: Web Link

Don't get me started on styrofoam containers from some of our local restaurants.....

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Posted by Danville Hartz
a resident of Danville
on Aug 13, 2014 at 7:56 am

here is an good article about SB270 -- this is why Danville needs to write their own --- to get away from the language in SB270 (should it pass)
Web Link

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