When you think of plastics, do you think of an industry in the "last dying throes...on its way out"? Because that's what Fairfax, Calif., Councilman Lew Tremaine told the Marin Independent Journal, in a story on the newspaper's Web site. The angle? Fairfax leaders intend to fight a lawsuit that would challenge the town's ban on plastic grocery bags. Tremaine appears to be an extremely quotable guy. Here are a few more of his comments from the story:
- "For us to cave into a whining plastics industry is not what we should do," Tremaine said. "We should stand up to these guys. These are the last dying throes of an industry on its way out."
- "Common sense tells you that this [banning plastic bags] is good for the environment. This [lawsuit] is a ploy, and I'm not in any mood to buy into it."
- "It's [recycling plastics bags] a nice thought, except that crap can't be recycled," Tremaine said. "It's the same argument that was made against the polystyrene ban all over again. The industry claimed that product was recyclable, but it wasn't. They warehoused it because they couldn't do anything with it. And it's the same with plastic bags. By the time you get it down to that thin film, the plastic is used up. It's done. There's no market for it."