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'Single-use’ bag is often misnomer

By: Lawrence S. Cohen

August 3, 2012

There have been a lot of plastic bag bans put into effect over the last two years. What defines a “single-use plastic bag”? I ask as I have encountered in Canada a 5-cent fee for getting a plastic bag, but I was not charged when I brought my own plastic bag.

So, I ask if any of the plastic bag bans that exist in the United States prevent a customer from bringing in their own plastic bags for their own use? Even before I began work in the plastics industry I would reuse the plastic grocery bags as lunch bags and car garbage bags.

Maybe there should be organized a “Plastic Bag Day,” where people bring in plastic bags in towns with bans in effect. I wonder what the people behind these bans would think.

Lawrence S. Cohen

Flex-O-Glass Inc. dba: Warp Bros.

Chicago