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Should Evanston Regulate Plastic Shopping Bags?

The City Council is taking up the question at its Monday meeting.

The Evanston City Council will discuss whether it should "reduce the environmental impacts of plastic shopping bags" at its Monday meeting.

This comes on the heels of the City of Chicago's vote last month to ban plastic bags.

Evanston last took up the issue of plastic bags in 2011, but didn't enact any regulations due to opposition. 

What do you think: Should the city ban, tax or otherwise regulate plastic bags to reduce their environmental impact?
j May 17, 2014 at 11:58 AM
every couple years the issue of Rat problems comes up. they usually ignore or buy rat traps
Jim May 17, 2014 at 04:35 PM
Oh yes. Regulate everything. Then form a church of the arrogant self serving overseers where we can all go to worship our protectors. An enviromentally favorable banning of bowel movements on Thursdays would save water and reduce gasses. Miscreants would br tracked down by DNA and fined or jailed and that would provide more jobs for city employees and more voted for the office holders. Give me a break!
Shi'ib O'Leth May 18, 2014 at 05:27 PM
Banning plastic bags from being used automatically is good common sense, because so many of them are given out and taken, unthinkingly, every day. For each of us this is a small matter, but collectively the environmental impact is significant. An exception can be made for those who need or really want them, as stores in cities which ban bags usually permit selling them for a nominal fee, like one cent. This is not like making the bags "illegal" for no reason, like an episode in some misguided, dystopian tale. We could just make it illegal for large corporations to give plastic bags away for free if someone doesn't actually ask for them. Brown paper bags can be the default choice. Dog walkers should use a biodegradable bag anyway! Burying fertilizer in non-degradable plastic is the height of wastefulness. This bag ban makes sense; like California requiring people to ASK for a glass of water in restaurants. This is not an authoritarian nanny-state move. It is a smart move for looking out for ALL of us. I am all for individual rights. But individuals can be myopic. Thats why we make decisions as a group. Now, go read a good book. You can decide what's good on your own, I trust you.
Jim May 19, 2014 at 09:02 AM
Dear, a word or saying used by adherents of a party, sect, or belief and usually regarded by others as empty of real meaning <the old shibboleths come rolling off their lips — Fine. Make the group decision. Get 51% of Evanston residents together and have a show of hands. More democratic that way than leaving the decision to the shills in the city council who have a political agena based on the theory that most of the citizens are not paying attention. However, charging for plastic is probably a good idea. Gotta give old SHIBB a little credit. However again, if those same myopic individuals take to using reusable cloth bags for their groceries, I can guarantee someone will contract salmonella or e-coli from contamination because those bags were not washed occasionally, Then what? an ordinace on mandatory washing of bags? The problem with all of this group think do-gooder stuff is that it always results in coercion and the myopes will find ways around the intent anyway.
j May 19, 2014 at 05:09 PM
Council when passing the BAN should include all bags large or small. No matter how the consumer gets them. Excepts are discriminatory and shows favoritism to some businesses.

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