Getting Ready for the Plastic Bag Ban

Tips on how to prepare for the ban.

The plastic bag ban is upon San Leandro and the rest of Alameda County. 

San Leandro Patch readers voted in a poll earlier in 2012 about how the plastic bag ban might change their ways (find out the results and cast your vote here). The vote was in response to a StopWaste.org's news release about the ban.

Below is the latest release on the ban from Alameda County:

On Jan. 1, Alameda County will join San Francisco, San Mateo County, San Jose and 49 other California cities and counties in no longer providing single-use plastic bags at checkout — making reusable bags a must-have for any Bay Area resident.

Here are some tips to help you incorporate reusable bags into your holidays this year: 

  • Save money and avoid the bag charge by bringing reusable bags while doing your holiday shopping. Get a head start on your New Year’s resolution!
  • Give friends and family reusable bags as gifts or stocking stuffers. Stylish, eco-friendly bags can be found at Etsy.com or for as little as $5 on Amazon.
  • Get in the DIY holiday spirit and craft your own reusable bag using only an old T-shirt and scissors (no sew). You can even personalize it with a favorite design or message for a loved one. See here for instructions.

For more information on Alameda County’s new ordinance, visit www.ReusableBagsAC.org.

Fred Eiger December 01, 2012 at 08:20 PM
David, you have to realize that Tim, Rob, Carol, Fran, Gayle et al are clearly out of their comfort level of reality. They are paranoid lloon who think that they can "save the environment", "stop greenhouse gases", "save the sea otters" and any other whacked out cause that comes from the local marijuana dispensary. But you never hear any of these idiots talk about the "Greenhouse" gases that are emitted from their computers when they post this nonsense, where the money goes/come from to pay for their paranoia. If the common person on the street knew that this ban was even being considered it would have caused a major uproar, but it was kept very quiet, done secretly and now everyone has to have a lower standard of living so that the insane like Rob, Tim, Carol, Fran and Gayle can be the little babies they are and have their way.
Fred Eiger December 01, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Wasteless, in that you post things that make no sense. What part of "wasteless" is it you don't understand? Are we to assume you are putting yourself out as posting something intelligent? Because if you are, they you have also joined the ranks of Rob, Tim, Carol, Gayle and Leah is wasting bandwidth, advocating insanity and being over emotional.
Marga Lacabe December 01, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Well, you can add me to those who are very concerned about saving the environment, greenhouse gases and otters. But it's exactly because I'm concerned that I want to do what's best, not just what seems easiest. We all have a tendency to want instant fixes and quick, almost painless solutions - but often those are anything but. I have to say this plastic bag issue has been a huge eye opener for me. My initial reaction was to support the plastic bag ban, I even encouraged City Council members to implement it in San Leandro. And I was all for the styrofoam ban. But that's because I, also, hadn't done the research. This is something that I will make sure to do in the future. As I said "first do no harm"
Rob Rich December 01, 2012 at 10:33 PM
I don't like to encourage "Fred," whomever s/he may be, even though that brand of political satire is likely to drive some reasonable people away from the various positions s/he claims to support. Aside from the pure tedium, I'm concerned that pugilistic ad hominem tends to "chill" speech by new contributors, thereby ensuring the Patch remains a small, insular club of the "usual suspects." However, in the spirit of science, I decided to test "Fred's Theory of Plastic Bag Disintegration" by hanging a plastic bag outside on our clothes line, while keeping another inside on our counter. Guess what? Checking on the bags today, it is obvious that the one outside is still there! In fact it appears to be fine & dandy, indistinguishable from the control, except that it is a lot wetter. Surprise, surprise, surprise!
anthony December 03, 2012 at 05:03 AM
richard ..still can't find wasteless in any dictionary. Is that one you found at the bottom of a tumbler?


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